Friday, May 17, 2013

Bourges Cathedral of St. Etienne, Windows

Bourges is not known particularly for its great 12th and 13th century windows. But we found them clean, well-identified, low-down, particularly in the ambulatory, so low-down you could touch them. A singular experience!
The colors are no less amazing than Chartres:
here, Lazarus and the Rich Man



















The axe-man cometh














Last supper, Mary Magdalene washing Jesus' feet














Someone getting baptised


















:Prodigal Son window


















A major part of what we like about reading these windows:
here, (the window) a gift of the Brotherhood of Butchers















Beautiful color; here, the Discovery of the
Relics of St. Stephen



















Window of the Good Samaritan


















Detail from the Judgment window














Kiss of Betrayal














Nice devils














Nero setting something on fire














Glass-blowers window














International Garment Workers' Window














Joseph being put down into or taken up from the well; I
could go on...there are scores of windows and hundreds of
scenes, some obscure to our 21st century eyes, many quite
plain and easy to see in our 21st century ways















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