Chartres North Transept Rose Window
The North transept rose is stunning, particularly on a sunny day. It is 34.5 feet (10.5m) in diameter, was constructed in 1235 and is dedicated to the Virgin. It is simpler than other rose windows, with larger panels that can be seen from the ground. The central window shows the Virgin and Child and is surrounded by 12 small petal-shaped window. Beyond this is a ring of 12 diamond-shaped openings containing the men that represent the Old Testament Kings of Judah; the blue and yellow windows contain the arms of France and Castille, and finally a ring of semicircles containing Old Testament Prophets holding scrolls. Beneath the rose itself are five tall lancet windows (nearly 25 feet, 7.5m high). The center window shows the Virgin as an infant held by her mother, St Anne.
From Wikipedia,flanking this lancet are four more containing Old Testament figures with each of these standing figures “…shown symbolically triumphing over an enemy depicted in the base of the lancet beneath them – David over Saul, Aaron over Pharaoh, St Anne over Synagoga, etc.” I captured multiple exposures ranging from 0.4 seconds to 30 seconds (f7.1, 100 ISO). The best and clearest photo of the windows was the image that was 3 stops underexposed (0.40 seconds); I liked the HDR image of the stone surrounding the windows. I used a layer mask to erase the HDR image, exposing the underexposed image for the windows. A bit tedious, but worth the effort.
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