The Infancy Of Christ Window From The Abbey Of St.-Denis: A Reconsideration Of Its Design And Iconography

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The "discovery" of three panels that originally formed part of the Infancy of Christ window from the Abbey Church of St.-Denis - the Dream of the Magi at Raby Castle, the Flight into Egypt in the Glencairn Museum, and Three Attendants from the Presentation in the Temple, which is now lost but can be documented through photographs - requires a reassessment of that window's original appearance and iconography and of its relationship to the roughly contemporary Infancy window of the Cathedral of Chartres. Stylistic and technical analysis of the newly reconstructed St.-Denis window leads to a clearer understanding of the working methods of the many glass painters whom Abbot Suger called to the abbey in the mid-twelfth century.

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