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Only fragments of the pair survived over the centuries, but the complete set of the Saint Vincent windows was partially reconstructed. The two windows that once existed were distinctly different. One window displays scenes related to Saint Vincent’s relics while the piece that serves as the basis for my response recounts his martyrdom (Gerry 2002). The renderings on this glass chronicle the tragic events that befell Saint Vincent of Saragossa and pay homage to him. Vincent was a Christian deacon who in the year 304 A.D. was martyrized for his defiance of the order of Emperor Diocletian. For his refusal to pay sacrifice to the pagan gods and his unwillingness to cast all his Christian script into the fire as Diocletian’s law mandated, Vincent was imprisoned. During his imprisonment, he was subjected to various types of brutal, physical torture that ultimately led to his death. The Saint Vincent window was originally displayed in the Lady Chapel at the monastery of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris) and funded by the local lay community and
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pilgrims (Walters). Although the French artist who crafted it was never identified, the Saint Vincent window was acquired by Henry Walters in 1918 and is now displayed in the Walters Art Museum’s on the third floor: Romanesque and Gothic Art section. Stained-glass art often has a method in which the artist intended the story to be viewed. In this case, the window reads from bottom to top and left to right. It is a short narrative composed of five sets of panel-based sequence. On the first panel in the lower left, Vincent's mentor, Bishop Valarius, dressed in a yellow cape, and a miter holding a crozier are shown. Vincent wears a red dalmatic, the
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