French Cathedral Windows of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

French Cathedral Windows of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

French Cathedral Windows of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

French Cathedral Windows of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

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The plates shown here reproduce as accurately as possible some twelfth and thirteenth century stained glass windows, selected from among the handsomest in a few of the cathedrals richest in glass of this period: Chartres, Le Mans, Poitiers, Sens and Bourges. No attempt is made to describe in detail all the characteristics of twelfth and thirteenth century cathedral windows, still less to furnish an inventory of them. The aim has been simply to show, through typical examples, the exceptional artistic merit of these windows with regard both to color and composition, and to indicate how stained glass evolved in form, design and coloration, while the technique remained the same.

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