The launch of Sarah Brown's eagerly anticipated new volume Apocalypse: The Great East Window of York Minster took place earlier this month, with a large turnout attending the event held in York Minster's North Transept.
Stained glass enthusiasts; the staff of YGT; lecturers from the university of York and members of the larger Minster community were amongst those gathered to celebrate the publication of the book, which explores and reveals the history of the Great East Window, from its creation in 1405, to the conservation which commenced 600 years later, beginning in 2005.
After a welcome and introduction by Dean Vivienne Faul, in which she noted the support of the York Chapter in bringing the York Minster Revealed Project to fruition, Julian Platt, Chairman of the publisher, Third Millennium, spoke about the conception and production of the lavishly illustrated book, thanking those involved and praising the quality of the writing and the photographs. Sarah Brown, the author, described the background of the window and stressed the collaborative nature of the conservation project and the book, and thanked - for their support - the York Minster Fund, but above all, the creator of the window, John Thornton.
Apocalypse reproduces the entire cycle in colour for the first time, and examines the making, history, meaning and conservation of the window. It also contains a chapter on the interpretation of the Apocalypse, contributed by theologian Dr Paula Gooder. The book is available for purchase online.
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