Tree of Jesse - St Godard, Rouen

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This Tree of Jesse in the church of St Godard Rouen, is the work of Arnoult de Nimégue (1506). It contains of a number of figures in the French Renaissance style, there are kings (royal descendents of King David) wearing damask and crowns, the Virgin Mary and Jesus, King David holding a harp, Jesse of Bethlehem on a throne, and the four greater prophets of the old testament.

 

There has been a small amount of restoration work carried out on the glass, but the paint is very degraded in places. The window was removed following the abolition of the parish in 1802, and was destined to be erected in Saint-Ouen, however it was restored back in Saint-Godard in 1806.

 

Tree of Jesse, St Godard Rouen French Renaissance stained glass

 

The upper panels of this window shows the Virgin Mary and Jesus flanked on either side by royal descendants of King David.

 

Tree of Jesse, St Godard Rouen French Renaissance stained glass

 

Immediately below the Virgin Mary, and Jesus, stand King David holding his harp and on either side of him are more of his royal descendents.

 

Tree of Jesse, St Godard Rouen French Renaissance stained glass

 

On a throne in the center of the lower panel is Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of King David, and on and on either side of him are four greater prophets of the Old Testament, Isaias, Jeremias, Ezechiel, and Daniel.