Do you love stained glass windows found in churches across the globe? Artists have spent thousands of years perfecting the art of stained glass windows. In churches these windows often depict biblical stories. Some of the world’s most stunning stained glass windows live at the Bourges Cathedral, Bourges, France. Take a look at the timeless stained glass of Borges Cathedral.
History of the Bourges Cathedral
The Bourges Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Stephen. Completed in 1230, the Bourges Cathedral served as the seat for Archbishop William of Donjeon and his grandson Philip Berruyer during 13th century construction. This gothic cathedral survived the onslaught of the French Revolution and both World Wars. Roughly over 7 centuries after its establishment, the Bourges Cathedral became a World Heritage Site in 1992.
Timeless Hagiographic Art
Bourges Cathedral’s oldest stained glasses art dates back to 1215. The majority of these pieces are hagiographic, or the biographies of saints. These representations of Catholic Saints remain timeless due to their vibrant symbolism. Visitors around the world come every year to Bourges Cathedral to learn the history of sainthood through pictures.
Stories Depicted in Bourges Stained Glass
The original stained glass pieces at the Bourges Cathedral portray key biblical figures and stories. This includes the story of the Old Testament patriarch, Joseph, parables of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son and the story of Dives and Lazarus. Also symbolically depicted are the Passion, the Apocalypse and Last Judgement.
Andre Beauneveu and the Stained Glass of the Ducal Palace Chapel
French artist André Beauneveu hand painted several signature stained glass pieces for Duke Jean de Berry for Ducal Palace and its chapel. After the destruction of Ducal Palace during the French Revolution, Beauneveu’s stained glass pieces were salvaged and stored at the Bourges Cathedral. These pieces have since become some of the most popular features of the cathedral.
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