IMAGES OF MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Royal abbey of Saint-Denis: Moses Window

Moses Receives the Tablets of the Law Panel


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Restoration Diagram
Shaded areas are restorations.
Based on Grodecki (1976), fig. 117. 


 

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Subject Matter

Old Testament Exodus 31:18 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,
....

In the same window, where Moses receives the Law on the mountain,

The law having been given to Moses,
The grace of Christ comes to its aid.
Grace gives life, the letter kills.

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


Bibliography

Grodecki (1976), pp. 94-98, figs. 116-8.