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Stained glass stained glass window depicting the Magi in an arc of a circle. They are standing, one behind the other, each holding in one hand their present; wearing a crown on their head, a long tunic and a mantle tied on their right shoulder; decorative band at the bottom with leaves and rosettes; inscription at the top right BEFORE AND BEFORE INWARD..., abbreviation for [PER] A[LIAM] V[IAM] R[EVERSI SUN]T IN RE[GIONEM SUAM] - Matthew, II, 12 (By another way they returned to their country). Saint-Denis, abbey church, ca. 1150Height: 44,7 cm - Width: 27,9 cmInserted in a window shutter with wooden frameHeight: 60,3 cm - Width: 42,2 cm(fragment, some restorations including the purple robe of the king on the right)Estimation on requestProvenance: formerly mounted in a window of a house in the south of FranceWorks consulted: L. Grodecki, "Fragments de vitraux provenant de Saint-Denis" in Bulletin Monumental,Year 1952, 110-1, pp. 51-62; L. Grodecki, "Les vitraux exécutés par ordre de Suger pour l'abbatiale de Saint-DenisDenis entre 1140 et 1146 environ" in Bulletin de la Société nationale des Antiquaires de France, Année 1955, 1952-1953, pp. 48-52; M. W. Cothren, "The Infancy of Christ from the Abbey of St. Denis between about 1140 and 1146" in Bulletin de la Société nationale des Antiquaires de France, Année 1955, 1952-1953, pp. 48-52; M. W. Cothren, "The Infancy of Christ from the Abbey of St.-The Infancy of Christ from the Abbey of St. Denis: a Reconiseration of its Design and Iconography" in The Art Bulletin, September 1986, Vol. 68, No. 3, pp. 398-98. Internet link: http://www.lavieb-aile.com/article-les-vitraux-de-saint-denis-118172222.htmlThe colours, with the characteristic intense blue and pink of the skin tones, the facial features, the dry folds of the drapes, the writing of the inscription and above all the frieze of horizontal leaves and rosettes, present in the previous stained glass window of theLife of St. Benedict, refer to the stained glass windows commissioned by Abbot Suger for his abbey church in Saint-Denis shortly before his death in 1151. This fragment of the Adoration of the Magi was to find its

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France - 75009 - paris
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