from the Passion of St. Vincent of Saragossa and the History of His
pot-metal glass with vitreous paint 147 x 43½ inches
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In the bottom
register (see detail) the
provost Dacian orders his men to arrest St. Vincent and his bishop
Valerian. The servant on the left holds the chain with which he
will bind the two Christians. In the next scene the servant has
put the chain on Valerian and St. Vincent (see detail of the left side),
who are defending their faith to the provost (see detail of the right side).
The horsemen just above that scene (see
detail) are taking a relic of St. Vincent to Paris (see museum
notes below). Above that, the story continues with Dacian
ordering the execution of the two Christians (see detail). Above that
we see, on the left, how St. Vincent's body was thrown into the sea
with a millstone attached to the neck (see
detail). The man with the trumpet on the right and the angel
at the top do not correspond to anything in the Golden Legend.
Here are the
museum's notes on this window:
These panels were originally part of two large windows depicting the martyrdom of the deacon, Saint Vincent of Saragossa (d. 304), and the history of his relics, from the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. The monks of Saint-Germain-des-Prés held a special devotion for Vincent—their abbey had been founded to receive a relic of the saint's tunic, which had been transported from Spain by the Merovingian king Childebert I. The king and his brother Chlotar are shown here on horseback. The remaining scenes illustrate Saint Vincent's confrontations with the Roman proconsul Dacian. Bold silhouettes define tall, lithe figures, whose prominent gestures convey a narrative emphasizing Saint Vincent as an exemplar of Christian piety in defiance of pagan authority.
More of St. Vincent of Saragossa
Source: Metropolitan Museum web site