ROMANESQUE GLASS PAINTER, French
(active in 1160s)

Crucifixion

1165-70
Stained glass window, 950 x 350 cm
Cathedral, Poitiers

The supreme achievement of Romanesque stained glass in western France is the Crucifixion window at Poitiers Cathedral. This huge window was commissioned between 1165 and 1170 by the Plantagenet King Henry II of England and his Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Above the Crucifixion group is the ascending figure of Christ, and below it the figure of St Peter, the patron saint of the cathedral. The dominant colour contrast is between the red of the Crucifixion and the blue of the window border.