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York Minster, Great East Window, 11f, St John and the Seven Churches
In illuminated manuscript versions of the Apocalypse, St John writes to each of the churches in Asia Minor in turn. In the Great East Window master-glazier John Thornton has come up with an entirely innovative pictorial device, positioning the seven bishops who lead each of the seven communities within the niches of a pinnacled church. They float in front of St John, apparently unsupported, each one clasping a staff. St John, depicted bottom left, is instructed to write to them by his angel companion. The panel is one of the best preserved in the row, but its legibility has been improved by the removal of many mending leads, the straightening of glass within the intricate medieval cutline and the use of finer leads that more closely replicate the original lead net.
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