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Bequeathed by Mr Henry Vaughan
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The main subject in this panel is the 'Coronation of the Virgin', in which Mary is crowned in Heaven by her son Jesus Christ. In this panel the scene includes God the Father and the dove of the Holy Spirit. Christ, the Father and the Dove form the Holy Trinity.
In the middle of the period 1500-1600, glassmakers introduced new techniques for producing decorated glass. They used glass paints known as 'enamels' to paint directly onto the glass, similar to painting onto a canvas. The colours were produced by adding metallic oxides to a ground glass (frit) mixture and the resulting colour range included delicate pinks, reds and purples seen here.
The church used stained glass to help in the teaching of the central beliefs of the Christian faith. Stained glass windows were like huge and colourful picture storybooks in which worshippers could ‘read’ the stories of Christ and the saints.
Panel, in the centre depicting the Coronation of the Virgin. Above Joseph cast into the pit, Joseph and Potiphar's wife, and Joseph being taken to prison. Below, a view of a town between St. Barbara and St. Catherine of Alexandria, in blue enamel, brown and silver-yellow. Partly abrasion, part use of the point.
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Height: 11.5 in, Width: 8.25 in
Stained glass panel depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, episodes of Joseph, and St. Barbara and St. Catherine of Alexandria, Swiss, Zurich school, 1550-1599.
Christianity; Crown; Halo; Column; Dove; Cherub; Sceptre; Town; Orb; Harp; Catherine (Saint Catherine of Alexandria); St. Barbara; Joseph
Christianity; Stained Glass