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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Stained Glass Windows from Canterbury Cathedral go on View at The Cloisters

Thara, from the Ancestors of Christ Windows, Canterbury Cathedral, England, 1178-80. Thara, from the Ancestors of Christ Windows, Canterbury Cathedral, England, 1178-80. © Robert Greshoff Photography, courtesy Dean and Chapter of Canterbury

Six near life-size stained glass windows from England's historic Canterbury Cathedral are on view at The Cloisters -- a branch of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Located in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, The Cloisters is made up of architectural elements, both domestic and religious, from the 12th through the 15th centuries. Its comprehensive collection includes nearly 3,000 works of art from medieval Europe.

"Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral" marks the first time that the panels have left the cathedral since their creation in 1178-80. Recent repairs to the cathedral's stonework required the removal of the windows, which have recently been conserved. The panels on view at The Cloisters feature six figures from an original cycle of 86 ancestors of Christ, the most comprehensive stained-glass cycle known in art history.

"Radiant Light," which will remain on view through May 18, 2014, concludes the celebration of the 75th-anniversary of the founding of The Cloisters.

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