Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Annunciation in medieval stained glass

To mark the Feast Annunciation Gordon Plumb posted on the Medieval Religion discussion group a selection of the many images he has of images of the Annunciation in medieval stained glass:

Ashbourne, St Oswald, Derbyshire, nXVII, 1a mid 13thC.

Shelton, St Mary, Norfolk, nII, A3-A4:

Bourges Cathedral, Bay 25, Annunciation window in Jacques Coeur chapel:
and detail:

Cologne Cathedral, St Stephen's Chapel, sX, 1b, formerly in Cologne Dominican Church:

Attleborough, Assumption of the BVM, Norfolk, wI, G1, Mary from Annunciation:

Leicester, Jewry Wall Museum, Roundel, late 15thC.:

Dorchester, Abbey church of St Peter & St Paul, Oxfordshire:

Oxford, Merton College Chapel, west window:

York, St Michael-le-Belfrey, I, 2b:

Newark, St Mary Magdalene, Nottinghamshire, sII, 2b:

Winchester College Chapel, Thurburn's Chantry, south window, D1-D2:

East Harling, St Peter & St Paul, Norfolk, I, 4a:

Stamford, St Martin, Lincolnshire, I, tracery:

Wrangle, St Mary & St Nicholas, nV, 2b-2c, lower parts of Mary and Gabriel from Annunciation:

Clavering, St Mary & St Clement, nIII, A4-A5, fragmentary Annunciation:

Ely, Stained Glass Museum, Annunciation from St John the Baptist, Hadzor, Worcestershire - figure of Gabriel by John Hardman & Co, who also restored the glass:

Bourges Cathedral, Bay 230:

Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, Lorraine, Bay 100, 1-5a, 1-5b:

Chartres, Cathédrale Notre Dame: Bay 150:

Lichfield Cathedral, nII, 1, Herkenrode glass showing Annunciation with Visitation in centre background:

Metz, Cathédrale St Étienne, Bay 19,1240's

Rivenhall, St Mary & All Saints, Essex, I, 1b:, glass originally from St Martin, Chenu, Sarthe:

Cambridge, King's College Chapel, Chapel J, window 37, The Unicorn Hunt, an allegorical form of the Annunciation:

Professor Madeleine Gray added  what she describes as the stunning east window at Gresford - lots of Victorian reconstruction but at its heart a late medieval meditation on Mary's relationship with the three persons of the Trinity (including a depiction of her as her son's daughter).
It is on the Stained Glass of Wales site - http://stainedglass.llgc.org.uk/object/984 - scroll down for the detailed photos.

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