Tree of Jesse - Saint-Étienne de Beauvais

walwyn Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:19
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French renaissance stained glass Engrand le Prince

 

This Tree of Jesse (1522) in St-Étienne, Beauvais is considered to be one of the major works of Engrand Le Prince. Unfortunately the lower part of the window was destroyed in 1793 (year II of the Republic), when the church was used as a store house.

 

French renaissance stained glass Tree of Jesse 1522 Engrand le Prince

 

The window has fourteen figures on blue background. At the top of the tree a lily blossoms holding the Virgin and child.

 

French renaissance stained glass Tree of Jesse 1522 Engrand le Prince

 

Below them are King David, in the bottom left of above panels is Saint Louis, and the bottom right most figure is King Rehoboam, who has the mark of artist Engrand on his sleeve. The other figures in these panels are likewise kings of Judea.

 

French renaissance stained glass Tree of Jesse 1522 Engrand le Prince

 

The lower panels contain the figure of Jesse of Bethlehem in the centre, and two contemporary monarchs of the 1520s Francis I of France on the left, and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V on the right.