The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

 
The murder of Thomas Becket in the cathedral on December 29, 1170, had a tremendous effect on the monastic community at Canterbury. The windows from the Ancestors of Christ series that are in the Getty exhibition are part of an extensive glazing campaign that began a few years after the murder. These windows were created as part of an ambitious artistic project that transformed the eastern end of the cathedral into one of the richest and most venerated shrines in Europe.

Jeffrey Weaver, associate curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, provides the social, religious, and artistic contexts for the creation of the Ancestors of Christ windows as well as other windows in the same area of the cathedral: the narrative theological windows in the choir aisles and the Becket Miracle Windows in the ambulatory, the most well known of the group. Together, these three series of windows constitute one of the most integrated and extensive glazing campaigns of the age and are regarded as one of the glories of medieval English art.

Complements the exhibition Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister


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