York Minster Revealed

This window is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain, the master-piece of Coventry glazier John Thornton. It was commissioned in 1405 and completed by 1408, information gleaned from 17th-century copies of the medieval contract, long since lost.

The window is a work of immense ambition, depicting the beginning and end of all things, from the creation of the world as described in the book of Genesis, to the events that will presage the end of the world and the second coming of Christ as told in the visionary Book of Revelation, know in the Middle Ages as the Apocalypse. As part of the Minster's York Minster Revealed project, over the next five years the Apocalypse scenes from this extraordinary window will be studied, conserved and returned with the protective glazing that will secure its future for many generations to come. Visitors will be able to follow the progress of this work in Bedern Glaziers Studio.

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