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Window Panel with St. Vincent of Saragossa on the Rack
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Window Panel with St. Vincent of Saragossa on the Rack

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Description This stained glass panel, once part of a pair of windows from the Lady Chapel at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, represents Saint Vincent of Saragossa who was martyred in Gaul (France) in AD 304 under Emperor Diocletian. Saint Vincent's arms and legs are locked into a cross-shaped rack while men tear at his flesh with iron hooks. A hand at the upper left commands the torture. Saint Vincent suffers calmly, enduring great physical pain rather than deny his Christian faith. The panel reminded worshipers that their earthly sufferings would be rewarded in heaven.

An old wood-based frame was replaced after minor organic acid corrosion was found on the lead caming. The glass and lead were cleaned. The panel was reframed using conservation-quality materials.

Date Description Narrative
7/07/2017ExaminationExamined after loan
2/02/2018TreatmentTreated for exhibition
  • 3000 Years of Glass: Treasures from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • Treasures of Heaven. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The British Museum, London. 2010-2011.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Created for the Chapel of the Virgin Mary at the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris. Abbey of Saint-Denis, 1840 [1]. Charles Tollin, Paris; Jacques Seligmann, Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, December 26 1918; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] As described by Baron François de Guilhermy
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1918

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ca. 1245-1247 (Medieval)
vitreous paint on colored glass
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H: 25 3/4 x W: 16 3/4 in. (65.41 x 42.55 cm); With supporting frame H: 26 1/2 x W: 17 9/16 x D: 1 in. (67.31 x 44.61 x 2.54 cm)
  • France, Paris, Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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