Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Beauty of Stained Glass

St Anne teaching the Virgin Mary to read. c.1447
Stained glass
Antechapel, north-east window of the north transept
All Souls College, Oxford

"I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay their foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.”
Isaiah 54:11-12

The College of All Souls of the Faithful Departed, of Oxford, was formally established by Henry VI and Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury, on 20 May 1438.

The chapel,consisting of a chancel and transepts or ante-choir, was finally consecrated at a celebratory mass offered by Chichele in the summer of 1442