GOTHIC GLASS PAINTER, French
(active c. 1220)
North Rose Windowc. 1220
Stained glass window
Chartres Cathedral contains 176 stained-glass windows, the feature for which it may be best known. Like the sculpture, the stained glass was intended to be educational. The five windows of the choir hemicycle (a semicircular arrangement) relate in various ways to the Virgin Mary. The rose window in the north transept portrays figures from the Old Testament. The south transept, which is representative of the New Testament, has a rose window depicting the Apocalypse.
The picture shows the north rose window of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Chartres. The Cathedral was rebuilt after a fire occurred in 1194.