GOTHIC GLASS PAINTER, German
(active 1280s in Cologne)
Virgin and Child1280s
Stained glass window
Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Cologne
This stained glass window is from the former, now demolished Dominican convent of St Gertrude, Cologne. It marks the final victory of French High Gothic in the lands along the Rhine.
The Virgin stands beneath a tabernacle. The architectural frame is closed off in the background by a blue tapestry of diaper work and is surrounded by a mainly red patterned ground. At the foot of the elegant Virgin, whose gestures and stance are derived wholly from French models, kneels the Dominican monk Igbrandus. He may have been the donor of the stained glass.