THE ROSE WINDOW

Paris, Notre Dame: north rose window

Built on the geometry of the number 16, this rose window is the ultimate in sheer delicacy, the ratio of stone to glass having been reduced to an absolute minimum. The underlying geometry is as spectacular as the rose itself, and shows many fundamental and subtle relationships. The sixteen primary and thirty two secondary divisions of the rose are further subdivided by the ironwork to give nearly 700 panels made up of an estimated 50,000 pieces of glass. The Corpus Vitrearium for Paris gives the following identification of panels (the subjects marked with an asterisk in the following list have undergone some restoration.) The rose portrays the Old Testament, with prophets (p) in the innermost circle, kings (k) and judges (j) in the next, and kings and high priests (hp) in the outermost. They all surround the Virgin Mary who, with the Christ child on her knee, represents the culmination of history before the coming of Christ.

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1 Micah (p)
2 Jonas (p)*
3 Malachai (p)*
4 Daniel (p)*
5 Zachariah (p)
6 Ezekiel (p)
7 Pharaoh's Dream*
8 Zephaniah (p)*
9 Elias (p)*
10 Habakuk(p)
11 Jeremiah (p)
12 Nahum (p)
13 Elias (p)*
14 Ageus (p)*
15 Isaiah (p)
16 Hosea (p)
17 Solomon (k)*
18 Jair (j)*
19 Othoniel (j)*
20 Joachaz (k)
21 Hezekiah (k)*
22 Samuel (j)
23 Hely (j)*
24 Ahialon (j)
25 Jeroboam (k)*
26 Asa (k)
27 Joram (k)
28 Ochosias (k)
29 David (k)*
30 Moses (j)
31 Abraham ?*
32 Ahiud ?(j)
33 Nadab (k) (modern)
34 Amon (j)*
35 Aod (j) (modern)
36 King*
37 Ahaz (k)
38 Joshua (j)*
39 Amasias (k)*
40 Abimelech (j)
41 ephtha (j)
42 Abdon (j)
43 Josaphat (k)
44 Joas (k)*
45 Judge ?
46 Saul (k)
47 Ozias (k)
48 Deborah (p)*
49 Achias (hp)
50 Zadolk (hp)*
51 Eliachim (hp)*
52 Azarias (hp)
53 Manasses (k)
54 Achitob (hp)*
55 Meraioth (hp)
56 Joachaz (k)
57 Saraias (hp)*
58 Aaron (hp)
59 Zedekiah (k)*
60 Heli (hp)
61 Amarias (hp)
62 Achitob (hp)
63 Zadolk (hp)
64 Jehoiada (hp)
65 Abiathar (hp)
66 Azarias (hp)
67 Amarias (hp)
68 Jonathus ? (hp)*
69 Jecicloa (hp)*
70 Bocci (hp)*
71 Achab (k)
72 Achimelech (hp)*
73 Jechonias ? (hp)
74 Phineas (hp)
75 Sellurn (hp)
76 Ozi (hp)
77 Eliacirn ? (hp)
78 Zaharias (hp)
79 Helcias (hp)*
80 Josias (k)*

(source Corpus Vitrearium)