Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Seven Sacraments in The Church of Saint-Séverin , Paris

Jean René Bazaine
The Eucharist
The Church of Saint-Séverin, Paris

The Church of Saint-Séverin (Eglise Saint-Séverin) is a small church in the Latin Quarter of Paris. It is located on the lively tourist street Rue St-Séverin. It is the oldest church that remains standing on the Left Bank. It continues in use as a place of worship.

Jean René Bazaine (21st December, 1904 - 4th March 2001) was a French painter, designer of stained glass windows, and writer.

In 1964-69, Bazaine made his best known stained glass work: a set of seven windows inspired by the sacraments of the Church in the ambulatory of the ancient church. They were executed by B. Alain.

Is the modern appropriate for ancient churches ? The question has always been hotly debated.

Georges Braque considered the question academic. In 1958, he said: "This respect for the past happens to be a very recent thing. All good things, no matter what their period, can be neighbours without danger."


Images of the Bazaine windows

Eglise Saint-Séverin

Paroisse Saint Séverin - Saint Nicolas

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