IMG_9869

IMG_9869

Window 006 - Good Samaritan (restored)

Bottom to top, left to right. Circles start at 6 o'clock, proceed left to right:
• Panels 1,2,3: Cobblers, the donors of the window
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• Quadrant 4: Jesus tells a parable.
• Quadrant 5: Man leaves Jerusalem for Jericho
• Center 6, quadrant 7: Thieves leap out to attack and rob him
• Quadrant 8: Priest and levite pass by without helping.
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• Panels 9,10,11: Samaritan binds his wounds, places the man on his donkey, and takes him to a waiting inn-keeper.
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• Quadrant 12: Samaritan cares for wounded man at the inn.
• Quadrant 13: God creates man, (breathing into Adam the breath of life?).
• Center 14: Adam in paradise.
• Quadrant 15: God makes woman from rib ('tsela') as Adam sleeps. The appearance of the legs matching both Adam and Eve is a beautiful bit of work, rich with symbolism.
• Quadrant 16: God forbids the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil. Note the red serpent already coiled about the trunk.
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• Panel 17: They sit under the tree (a first step toward sin, perhaps?).
• Panel 18: Satan tempts them and they eat. Note the dark, ominous red background which echoes the serpent from Quadrant 16, and contrasts with the refreshing blue of the previous.
• Panel 19: God calls to them, but they hide and make fig-leaf aprons.

• Quadrant 20: Cherubim drives them from the garden and tree of life.
• Quadrant 21: Adam digs while Eve spins with a distaff.
• Center 22: God/Christ judges their sin but also promises redemption. {? makes covenant with them)
• Quadrant 23: Cain takes an axe to Abel's head; the first murder. Abel's name can be made out in text below the panel. Like Abel--and the man in the parable--we have fallen victim to a fallen world, and lie wounded and bleeding.
• Quadrant 24: Christ sits to redeem and judge, surrounded by angels. Reminds us that he is the ultimate figure to whom the parable of the Samaritan points.

Album: Chartres-Cathedral

Categories: Chartres-Cathedral

Tags: #Abel #Adam #Cain #Chartres #Eve #Fall of Man #france #Garden of Eden #Good Samaritan #TCS-photo #Win006 #cathedral #cherubim #creation of Adam #creation of Eve #donors identified #fig leaf #focus-issues #new imports #parable #restored #serpent #stained glass #tree of knowledge of good and evil #types of Christ #whole-windows

STA_9871

STA_9871

Window 064 - Noah (restored)

Top to bottom, left to right

• Row 01: Wheelwrights, carpenters, coopers (barrel-makers) as donors. See also donors in the very small squares bottom left and right. Perhaps appropriate given the ark's water-tight construction of wood. The coopers likewise make the barrels that will hold the wine which Noah eventually grows.
• Row 02: Giants, sons and daughters of men (two panels) [see Genesis 6:4, the 'Nephilim'].
• Row 03: Giants, sons and daughters of men; God talks to Noah; Giants, sons and daughters of men.
• Row 04: Noah's three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; Noah's wife and daughters-in-law.
• Row 05: Two people (perhaps walking away from the Ark?); Noah and a son build the ark; Animals (including dogs and sheep) begin to gather two by two.
• Row 06: Animals (horses?) begin to gather two by two; Animals (large cats?) begin to gather two by two.
• Row 07: Animals (including camel and bird) begin to gather two by two; Ark in the water; Drowning of all other animals and people.
• Row 08: Drowning of all other animals and people (two panels).

Album: Chartres-Cathedral

Categories: Chartres-Cathedral

Tags: #Ark #Chartres #Flood-Deluge #france #Ham #Japheth #Noah #Shem #TCS-photo #Win064 #animals #cathedral #donors identified #focus-issues #new imports #rainbow #restored #stained glass

P1020568

P1020568

original (4295078059)

Window 059 - Symbolic Window, Typology of the Passion of Christ (restored)

NB: Read TOP to BOTTOM, unlike most windows. Some are modern (marked *).

• Row 12: (Bottom row): Blacksmiths as donors.
• Row 11: Samson carries gates of Gaza; Christ's body being annointed; David slays lion to protect sheep [some argue for Samson slaying lion, but sheep make me think likely David. On the other hand, the other side panels are often of the same characters, so I suppose a repeat of Sampson would fit that pattern. - GLS]
• Row 10: Elijah raises son of widow of Sareptha; Jacob blesses Ephraim and Manasseh; Elijah meets widow of Sareptha.
• Row 09: King David with pelican feeding young on her own blood.
• Row 08: Abraham takes Isaac to Mount Moriah for sacrifice; Descent from the Cross; Abraham is stopped from sacrificing Isaac.
• Row 07: Jonah near Ninevah (*).
• Row 06: Moses shows brass serpent; Adam collects blood at the foot of the cross (*); Israelites mark their doorposts with blood of the lamb (tau).
• Row 05: The Church (the NT, new faith); Crucifixion with Longinus and Stephaton (*); Synagogue (the OT, old faith).
• Row 04: Gideon sees angel (*).
• Row 03: Christ is mocked and crowned with thorns; Israelite scouts return from promised land with evidence of its richeness; The Scourging of Christ.
• Row 02: Women weep at the Crucifixion; Jesus carries the cross (*); Soldiers preparing for the crucifixion.
• Row 01: Christ (with candelabra) (*).

Album: Chartres-Cathedral

Categories: Chartres-Cathedral

Tags: #Abraham #Adam #Annointing of Christ's body #Chartres #Christ in Glory #Crucifixion #Elijah #Ephraim #Flagellation #france #Gideon #Isaac #Israelite scouts #Jacob #Jesus Christ #Jonah #King David #Longinus #Manasseh #Moses #Sacrifice of Isaac #Samson #Stephaton #TCS-photo #Win059 #angels #blood of the lamb #blood on doorposts #brass serpent #candelabra #cathedral #crown of thorns #descent from the cross #donors identified #focus-issues #interior #pelican #promised land #restored #stained glass #the Church #the Synagogue #types of Christ #whole-windows #widow of Sareptha

IMG 5464

IMG 5464

Window 176 - West Rose - Last Judgment (restored, detail)

• Center: Christ enthroned in glory, displaying his wounds. Four beasts and angels surround him.
• First circle: Twelve apostles, with Abraham's bosom at 12 o'clock, and the judgment (weighing of souls) at 6 o'clock. Note the angel to the left and devil to the right.
• Outer circle: Starting from the 12:30 position, and proceeding clockwise (each circle on the right is paired with one on the left). (1, 12) Instruments of the passion; (2, 11) angels blow trumps; (3, 10) the resurrected dead awaiting judgment; (4,5,8,9) resurrection of the dead (naked, having just come from their graves); (6,7) hell (at the bottom of the circle, naturally enough).

Album: Chartres-Cathedral

Categories: Chartres-Cathedral

Tags: #Abraham #Abraham's bosom #Chartres #france #TCS-photo #Win176 #angels #cathedral #Detail #devils and demons #focus-issues #hell #instruments of the passion #last judgment #restoration in progress #restored #resurrection #rose window #stained glass #west side

P1020576

P1020576

† Window 095 - South rose: Christ in glory, after Revelation of St. John

Surrounded by the four beasts and 24 elders of the apocalypse. Angels and elders hold musical instruments, censers, and vials of perfume. Note the coat of arms (blue and yellow checkerboard) of the donors, Pierre Mauclerc of Dreux-Brittany.

• Saint Matthew - angel with book
• Saint John - eagle
• Saint Luke - winged bull
• Saint Mark - winged lion

Album: Chartres-Cathedral

Categories: Chartres-Cathedral

Tags: #24 Elders of the Apocalypse #4 Beasts of the Apocalypse #4 evangelists #Chartres #Christ in Glory #france #Jesus Christ #Revelation #Saint John #Saint Luke #Saint Mark #Saint Matthew #TCS-photo #Win095 #cathedral #Detail #donors identified #focus-issues #interior #restored #rose window #south side #stained glass

IMG 5342

IMG 5342

original (4295076109)

† Window 145 - North rose: Rose of France glorifying the Virgin (restored)

Virgin in center with Infant Jesus. Surrounded by four doves, four angels, and four Thrones. These are followed by twelve kings of Judah, Mary's ancestors. The outer ring contains twelve minor prophets.

The window was donated while Queen Blanche was regent of France (circa 1230). The arms of France alternating with Castile are seen below the rose itself. The entire ensemble is a none-too-subtle bit of royal propaganda, with Mary (the Queen of Heaven) at the center of it all. Note too that the figures below the rose in the lancets contrast a legitimate righteous sovereign with corrupt, foolish, or fallen ones. Blanche seems to have wanted no doubt about how she ought to be considered.

†North side, lancets, left to right: True versus false sovereigns (restored)

• Window 145C - North side, far left lancet: Melchizedek standing over Nebuchadnezzar (true king over the false Babylonian pretender to world-lordship, worshipping idol of his dream).

• Window 145B - North side, near left lancet: King David standing over King Saul (the chosen king over the apostate king rejected by God, who dies via suicide in despair).

• Window 145A - North side, central lancet: Saint Anne holding Infant Mary. Beneath this are the arms of France.

• Window 145D - North side, near right lancet: Solomon over Jeroboam, who worships golden calf (wise king over the fool who worshipped idols and abandoned the LORD).

• Window 145E - North side, far right lancet: Aaron above Pharoah, covered by the Red Sea (true priesthood and power over the false).

Album: Chartres-Cathedral

Categories: Chartres-Cathedral

Tags: #4 evangelists #Chanelle's Camera #Chartres #Daniel #Ezekiel #france #Infant Christ #Isaiah #Jeremiah #Mary #Saint John #Saint Luke #Saint Mark #Saint Matthew #TCS-photo #Win095A #Win095B #Win095C #Win095D #Win095E #cathedral #donors identified #focus-issues #interior #lancet windows #restored #shoulders of giants #south side #stained glass #whole-windows

IMG 5343

IMG 5343

original (4295076111)

† Window 145 - North rose: Rose of France glorifying the Virgin (restored)

Virgin in center with Infant Jesus. Surrounded by four doves, four angels, and four Thrones. These are followed by twelve kings of Judah, Mary's ancestors. The outer ring contains twelve minor prophets.

The window was donated while Queen Blanche was regent of France (circa 1230). The arms of France alternating with Castile are seen below the rose itself. The entire ensemble is a none-too-subtle bit of royal propaganda, with Mary (the Queen of Heaven) at the center of it all. Note too that the figures below the rose in the lancets contrast a legitimate righteous sovereign with corrupt, foolish, or fallen ones. Blanche seems to have wanted no doubt about how she ought to be considered.

†North side, lancets, left to right: True versus false sovereigns (restored)

• Window 145C - North side, far left lancet: Melchizedek standing over Nebuchadnezzar (true king over the false Babylonian pretender to world-lordship, worshipping idol of his dream).

• Window 145B - North side, near left lancet: King David standing over King Saul (the chosen king over the apostate king rejected by God, who dies via suicide in despair).

• Window 145A - North side, central lancet: Saint Anne holding Infant Mary. Beneath this are the arms of France.

• Window 145D - North side, near right lancet: Solomon over Jeroboam, who worships golden calf (wise king over the fool who worshipped idols and abandoned the LORD).

• Window 145E - North side, far right lancet: Aaron above Pharoah, covered by the Red Sea (true priesthood and power over the false).

Album: Chartres-Cathedral

Categories: Chartres-Cathedral

Tags: #Aaron #Babylon #Blanche of Castille #Chanelle's Camera #Chartres #france #Infant Mary #Jeroboam #Jesus Christ #King David #Mary #Mary enthroned in glory #Melchizedek #Nuchadnezzar #Pharoah #Red Sea #Saint Anne #Saul #Solomon #TCS-photo #Win145 #Win145A #Win145B #Win145C #Win145D #Win145E #angels #arms of France #cathedral #donors identified #doves #focus-issues #golden calf #idols fall #interior #kings of Judah #lancet window #minor prophets #north side #restored #rose window #stained glass #thrones #whole-windows