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Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Cologne (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1300-1325 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear and coloured glass with painted details

  • Museum number:

    5464-1858

  • Gallery location:

    Sacred Silver & Stained Glass, Room 84, The Whiteley Galleries, case BAY1

This panel is the upper part of an architectural canopy. Originally, it would have been located at the upper part of a window with a figure displayed below. The style and choice of colours strongly suggest that it was made in the Cologne area of Germany.

In the 12th and 13th centuries, cathedrals and churches often had large narrative schemes of stained-glass windows. Whole windows would be devoted to events associated with the lives of various saints or of Christ and the Virgin Mary. The events were often told in quite small medallions placed one above the other in each of the window openings ('lights'). These could be difficult to 'read' because they were small and high up.

In about 1240 window openings began to get bigger and stained-glass designers started to devise schemes that moved away from the small story-telling medallions. They exploited the bigger window opening and filled it with large images of figures underneath elaborate canopy forms.

This type of display in glass was similar to the array of sculptured figures you might see on the west fronts of great churches and on choir screens in the interiors.

Place of Origin

Cologne (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1300-1325 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Clear and coloured glass with painted details

Dimensions

Height: 113.7 cm sight, Width: 63.7 cm sight

Historical context note

This panel is the upper part of an architectural canopy. It would have originally been located at the upper part of a window with a figure displayed below. The style and choice of colours strongly suggest that it was made in the Cologne area of Germany.

In the 12th and 13th centuries, cathedrals and churches often had large narrative schemes of stained glass windows. Whole windows would be devoted to events associated with the various lives of the saints or of the Life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. The events were often told in relatively small medallions placed vertically above one another in each of the window openings ('lights'). These could be difficult to 'read' as they were small and high up.

Beginning about the second half of the 13th century, window openings began to get bigger and stained glass designers began to devise schemes which moved away from the small story-telling medallions. They began to utilise the bigger window opening and filling it with large images of figures displayed underneath elaborate canopy forms.

This type of display in glass was similar to the array of sculptured figures you would see on the West fronts of Cathedrals and in the interior on choir screens.

Descriptive line

Panel depicting the top of a canopy. Made in Germany (Cologne), ca. 1300-25.

Labels and date

CANOPY

This canopy must originally have been placed above a large standing figure.

Germany (probably Cologne), about 1300-25
Museum no. 5464-1858 [(PW) 2003]

Categories

Stained Glass; Christianity; Recording Britain Collection

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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