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The stunning Great West Window at York Minster was built in the 1330s when a radical rethink of the design of the western facade was put into effect. Master Mason Ivo de Raghton was responsible for the stonework and tracery of the window. The overall glazing scheme was designed to reflect the hierarchy and legitimacy of the medieval Church. The window uses four rows of eight figures to link the church leaders to the New Testament: at the bottom are 8 York bishops; above them are 8 of the apostles; above that are pairs of windows depicting the annunciation, nativity, resurrection, and ascension into heaven of Jesus; above that is a scene showing Mary being crowned queen of heaven. The window is nicknamed the 'Heart of Yorkshire' due to the heart shape formed by the tracery near the top of the window. According to legend, all couples that kiss under the window, will stay together forever!

Heart of Yorkshire

  • Heart of Yorkshire
    Acrylic Gouache on Paper
    Framed Size: 
    Signed by the Artist
    Includes Certificate of Authenticity

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