IMAGES OF MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Royal abbey of Saint-Denis: Moses Window

Brazen Serpent Panel

Extant Panel

Restoration Diagram
Shaded areas are restorations.
Based on Grodecki (1976), fig. 120. 



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Subject Matter

Old Testament Numbers 21:8-9

Description by Patron

ABBOT SUGER OF SAINT DENIS: ON WHAT WAS DONE IN HIS ADMINISTRATION

XXXIV

We also had painted, by the hands of many masters sought out in various nations, a splendid variety of new windows below and above,
....

Also in the same window, where Moses raises the bronze serpent,

Just as the bronze serpent slays all serpents,
So Christ raised on the cross slays his enemies.

Translated by David Burr, History Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and reproduced here with his kind permission.


Bibliography

Grodecki (1976), pp. 93-98, pl. IX, figs. 119-21.