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York Minster, Great East Window, 11h, God in Majesty
This imposing image is the central panel of a triptych of scenes in which God is worshipped by the twenty four Elders described in Revelation chapter 4. This image of God enthroned in heaven is glimpsed by St John through a ‘trapdoor’ at the bottom left of the panel. He has been summoned to look upon this scene of eternal heavenly praise (‘Veni et Vide’ – Come and See) and in common with other panels in the window the words spoken by the ‘dramatis personae’ of the scene are inscribed on scrolls (‘Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Omnipotens’ – Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty). By 19th century God’s mantle, originally depicted in purple, a colour associated with imperial majesty, had been patched with disjointed fragments of various colours and dates. Based on the evidence of James Torre’s 17th-century description of the panel and the shapes preserved in the original cutline, it was decided to restore God’s purple drapery.
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