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This page reproduces part of
Indice-Guida dei Monumenti . . . dell' Umbria

Mariano Guardabassi

published by G. Boncompagni & Co.,
Perugia, 1872

The original Italian text is in the public domain.
This English translation, however, and any color photographs are
© William P. Thayer.

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Perugia (2)


Church of S. Domenico

[Link ad una pagina in italiano] The Great Window. This large stained glass window occupies an area of 182 square meters and is entirely covered with figures. — In the point of the arch is Christ blessing between cherubim, seraphim, archangels, prophets and evangelists. In the rectangular portion below: in the 1st row, St. Paul, St. James and the donor, the Angel of the Annunciation, Mary, St. John the Evangelist and St. Peter. In the 2d row, SS. Stephen, Peter Martyr, Constantius, Herculanus, Dominic, and Lawrence. In the 3d row, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, St. Gregory, St. Ambrose, St. Jerome and the Blessed Benedict XI. Beneath this a narrow band crosses the window with twelve half-figures of saints. Then follows the 4th row with SS. Lucia, Dorothy, Mary Magdalen, Catherine [sic]​a of Hungary, Catherine of Siena and Agnes. The window ends with another narrow band containing four episodes of the life of St. James. The name of the artist can be read in the large inscription at the foot of the window: "Ad honorem Dei et S. M. Virginis Mariae Beati Jacobi Apostoli et B. Dominici patris nostri et totius curiae coelestis Fr. Bartholomeus Petri de Perusia huius almi ordinis predicatorum minimus frater ad suam perpetuam memoriam fecit hanc vitream fenestram et ad finem usque perduxit divina gratia mediante. Anno ab incarn: Dom. MCCCCXI de mense augusti."º He was assisted by Mariotto di Nardo, who thus signed himself in the selvage of the mantle of St. Catherine Virgin and Martyr:​b "Hoc opus Marioctus Nardi de Florentia pinsit."º The costs were borne by someone from the Graziani family, as is shown by the arms flanking the figures.

Thayer's Notes:

a There is no St. Catherine of Hungary; this must be a slip caused by the proximity of St. Catherine of Siena. The saint is almost certainly St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

b Catherine of Siena was not a martyr, but she is often enough given the title.

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