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Minster marvels go on show
THIS medieval stained glass masterpiece forms part of a new display in The Orb at York Minster.
The Minster’s domed stained glass gallery is now home to a newly-conserved work entitled Creation Worships The Lamb.
The work of art is the second of 36 that will be displayed as panel of the month in The Orb, giving visitors a chance to see conserved works from the Great East Windows at close range for the first time in 600 years.
In an intricately designed scene from Revelation, all creatures on earth kneel to worship, although the subject of their worship is revealed in another panel.
Mark Hosea, project director of the York Minster Revealed restoration and conservation project, said: “This panel highlights the amazing skill of the artisans at York Glaziers’ Trust as they work on the Great East Window.
“It had been repaired several times over the centuries, each time incorporating more lead, which covered and obscured the beautifully-painted glass.”
“The panel also illustrates the mastery of the original artists; for example, five distinct, recognisable species of fish appear at the bottom of the panel, which gives us an idea of the care and research that went into the creation of the window by medieval designer John Thornton and his team of glaziers.”
Meanwhile, restoration work on the Minster’s east front has won the top award for craftsmanship in a competition organised by Stone Federation Great Britain.
The project involved restoring the south quire buttress, turret and spirelet on the east front, and has been described as “outstanding” by judges for the Natural Stone Awards, which are held every two years.
Federation chief executive Jane Buxey said judges considered factors, including sympathy of scale to the surroundings, an understanding of stone weathering, innovative use of stone and the quality of the work.
York Minster is open daily. Admission prices are £9 for adults and £8 for concessions, with children admitted free of charge. The ticket is valid for a full year, enabling visitors to return to see the new panels each month.
For more information, please visit yorkminster.org
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