It is undoubtedly an incredible piece of craftsmanship. It is unbelievably impressive…designed specifically to be awe-inspiring, streaming light and colour into the great cavern of the Abbey. It is also just too big to be able to make any sense of the images it contains… Had I not seen other Tree of Jesse windows before, recognising the recumbent figure of the dreamer, I wouldn’t have had a clue what it was I was looking at. It is only later, with the help of the camera, that I am able to see the individual scenes depicted in the great, towering window of the south transept of Bath Abbey… and the east window is even harder to decipher.
We wondered why.
Politics, probably… the intent of the builders hovering somewhere between raising an edifice of the utmost beauty to the glory of their God and the desire to impress upon all who…
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