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Stained Glass Windows - Cologne Cathedral
Cologne, Germany

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1507-1509 windows

1846-1848 windows

November 2019 Photos



Windows over the main altar   ...   The clerestory windows in the choir of the Cologne Cathedral, with 10,170 ft. of glass surface, contain the largest series of stained glass windows still extant from the fourteenth century in Europe. The windows were completed before the choir stalls were installed in 1311. Ninety-five percent of the glass is original.   ...   Note the geometric panels




St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window
Created: 1509


  St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window   ...   St. Peter is the patron Saint of the Cathedral and the Tree of Jesse shows Christ’s royal ancestry.   ...   12 details below:


St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window - detail #1
Left:  St. Peter   ...   Right: Tree of Jesse



 
St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window - detail #2



St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window - detail #3
Left panel:  Jesus summons Peter:  Peter was one of Twelve Apostles, a Galilean fisherman (along with his brother St. Andrew) later assigned a leadership role by Jesus in Matthew 16:18



St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window- detail #4
Scenes from the life of St. Peter, including his death sentence by Nero  and crucifixion



St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window- detail #5, the Jesse right side panels



 
St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window - detail #6, Jesse,the father of King David
Note date the window was created:  1509  



 
St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window - detail #7
Upper left:  King David, son of Jesse and ancestor of Jesus who is depicted in the upper right,  and his harp



 
St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window- detail #8



 
St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window- detail #9


 
St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window - detail #10
Upper left figure is St. Peter, usually depicted with the keys to heaven   ...  



St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window - detail #11


 
St. Peter and the Tree of Jesse Window - detail #12



The Nativity Window
Created: 1507


The Nativity Window   ...   3 details below:


The Nativity Window - detail #1
Note shepherds at left



The Nativity Window - detail #2



The Nativity Window - detail #3




The Coronation Window
Created: 1509


The Coronation Window   ...   2 details below:


The Coronation Window - detail #1
The Trinity and Mary in heaven



The Coronation Window - detail #
Michael the Archangel(?)  or St. George(?) slaying Satan





The nave is enhanced by many nineteenth century stained-glass windows including a set of five on the south side called the "Bayernfenster" which were a gift from Ludwig I of Bavaria, a set highly representative of the painterly German style of that era.
   ...  Made in Munich  ...    Ludwig I was the grandfather of Ludwig II, sometimes called Mad King Ludwig, the king who commissioned Neuschwanstein Castle. King Ludwig's coat of arms are in the bottom left corner and his donation inscription is in the lower right corner.

St. Stephen Window

Created: 1848


St. Stephen Window   ...   1 detail below:


St. Stephen Window  - detail





Pentecost Window
Created: 1848


Pentecost  Window   ...    Also a King Ludwig I donation    ...   Three details below:


Pentecost  Window - detail #1



Pentecost  Window - detail #2
 
  Note the tongues of fire above each head


 
Pentecost  Window - detail #3
 
St. Augustine   ...    St. Jerome  ...   St. Gregory   ...   St. Ambrose   ...  

Cannundrums:  (online Dec. 2019):

"... the original Doctors of the Church, a title given to them in 1298 for their contribution to theology and doctrine. First is
St. Augustin, who lived from 354 to 430, was Bishop of Hippo (present day Algeria) whose writings were influential in the development of Western Christianity and one of the theological fathers of Reformation in his teachings on salvation and divine grace. His written works included Of the City of God, On the Trinity, and Confessions, a personal account of his early life."

"Second is St. Jerome, who lived from 347 to 420,  translated the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate), the official version of the Catholics."

"Third is
St. Gregory , also known as Gregory the Great, who lived from 540 to 604, and was pope from 590 to 604. In the Middle Ages he was known as the"Father of Christian Worship" because of his efforts in revising Roman Catholic worship."

" Fourth is
St. Ambrose, who lived from 337 to 397, was bishop of Milan at the time of Augustine's conversion to Christianity and contributed greatly to Augustine's development."





Lamentation Window
Created: 1847



Lamentation Window - Jesus is removed from the cross
This window was installed as part of the 600 year anniversary of working on the Cathedral, also donated by King Ludwig I    ...   4 details below:


Lamentation Window - detail #1
Holy Communion



Lamentation Window - detail #2  
Last Supper



Lamentation Window - detail #3


Lamentation Window - detail #4 
Four Evangelists (Note symbols at the bottom of saint):  Matthew, symbolized by a winged man or angel   ...  Mark, by a winged lion   ...   Luke, by a winged ox or bull   ...    and John, by an eagle




Adoration of the Magi Window
Created: 1846



Adoration of the Magi Window   ...      ...   4 details below:


Adoration of the Magi Window - detail #1
LeftAdam & Eve   ...    Two center: Annunciation  ...  RightMary Immaculate, detailed below:


Adoration of the Magi Window - detail #2
Mary Immaculate   ...   Note serpent



Adoration of the Magi Window - detail #3
Made in 1846 in Munich,  a donation of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Ludwig I was the grandfather of Ludwig II, sometimes called Mad King Ludwig, the king who commissioned Neuschwanstein Castle. King Ludwig's coat of arms are in the bottom left corner and his donation inscription is in the lower right corner (detailed below:)


King Ludwig's donation inscription



Adoration of the Magi Window - detail #4 
Major prophets of the Old Testament:  Isaiah   ...   Jeremiah   ...   Ezechiel   ...  Daniel






John the Baptist Window    ...   1847  ..    ...   Banner: Ecce Agnus Dei (Behold the Lamb of God) found in John 1:29




Geometric Stained glass windows


Note the number of geometric panels    ...   2 details below:


Detail #1
Cinquefoils and trefoils



Detail #2




Two more examples of geometric windows







Photos and their arrangement 2019 Chuck LaChiusa
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