The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral (Paperback)
  • The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral (Paperback)

The Ancestors of Christ Windows at Canterbury Cathedral (Paperback)

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Paperback 104 Pages / Published: 12/09/2013
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This is an illuminating look at some of the oldest stained glass - and most famous medieval paintings - in all of England. Eighty-six near life-size figures of the male ancestors of Christ once looked down on the choir and eastern extension of the medieval cathedral and priory church of Canterbury. Made of stained glass, the ancestors of Christ windows illuminated liturgical areas all year round. Dating from the 12th-century, the surviving windows from the series are among the oldest panels of stained glass in England, and are significant examples of what was at the time a relatively new art - monumental stained glass. This luminously illustrated book discusses the original context, iconographic program, and stylistic development of the windows, as well as exploring how the windows were perceived.

Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
ISBN: 9781606061466
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 502 g
Dimensions: 277 x 198 x 8 mm

"The exhibition catalogue speculates on the identities of the glass artisans and the extent of restoration over the centuries, and it explains how medieval churchgoers were expected to interpret the portraits. The clearly legible names of Christ's male forebears, starting with Adam, were meant to reinforce British patriarchal inheritance traditions. The passage of light through dark glass symbolized religious miracles, like the miraculous conception."--New York Times
"Filled with excellent colour pictures and a wealth of detailed information."--Western Mail
"Richly illustrated."--Antiques Diary
"A virtuoso demonstration of how to communicate highly sophisticated scholarly insights to bring this remote material bang up to date."--Institute of Historic Building Conservation
"In July 2009 structural damage was discovered in the stonework of the Great South Window of Canterbury Cathedral. The stained glass was immediately removed and safely stored, to be returned once the repairs to the stonework are complete, but this has afforded the J. Paul Getty Museum a unique opportunity to photograph and study in detail some of the cathedral's famous Christ Windows."--Church Building & Heritage Review

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