IMAGES OF MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Royal abbey of Saint-Denis: Moses Window

Crossing of the Red Sea Panel


Images

Original
Restoration Diagram
Shaded areas are restorations.
Based on Grodecki (1976), fig. 114. 
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Subject Matter


Old Testament Exodus 14: 21-29.

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 the pharaoh and his horsemen are submerged in the sea,

What baptism does to the good,
A like form but an unlike cause does to the pharaoh's army.

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


Bibliography

Grodecki (1976), pp. 93-98, pl. X, figs. 113-5.