After the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of art has obtained the window representing the tree of Jesse, its collection of stained glass has become more distinctive, more vivid and more unique. The specifics of the stained glass and its place in the art of gothic architecture will be discussed later, however just for now there is a need to say that it is a piece of art that is composed of several other pieces in order to create an overall picture.
The Tree of Jesse window is exactly this type of art: it is composed of six main pieces along with the pairs of smaller pieces situated between the main six. The approximate size of the window is approximately 12 feet in height and 13 inches in width. This great piece of art is in an exquisitely good condition for the work of such an early period. This picture belongs to a Costessey collection, made in the eighteenth – beginning of the nineteenth century. However, the glass is considered to be created even earlier – in the early Gothic period in 1300-s.
The glass is being shown in a small chapel room, unfortunately with the help of an artificial light, due to the lack of space in the places being posed under the natural sunlight. Even there the window is glowing with the natural beauty and the mysterious sensuality that is being reflected though the different arts at that period. The panels show the Baptism of Christ and the Adoration of the Magi in some scenes below smaller ones of prophets and kings, united by a green stem ornament which starkly drops through both panels. This type of arrangement is usually considered to be usual in Germany and Austria as well.
The main purpose of these panels is to picture the genealogical tree of Jesus Christ, thus they have a very deep religious meaning and are quite popular amongst other religious pieces of art. The genealogy is pictured in the form of tree and a straight line from Jesse through different kings to the Virgin and having Jesus as a main figure.
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