GOTHIC GLASS PAINTER, French
(active 1200-1225 in Soissons)

Scenes of the Story of St Nicasius

1200-25
Stained glass window, 70 x 79 cm (each panel)
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This stained glass window from the region of Soissons consists of eight panels assembled in two large medallions, on above the other, relating the martyrdom of Nicasius, archbishop of Reims, and his sisters Eutropia, both beheaded by the Vandal army that besieged the city in 1407. Their bodies were buried in the cathedral. The style of the figures and the overall composition are characteristic of early thirteenth-century Gothic in northern France.