The Virgin of Mercy

  The Virgin of Mercy

Photo © Martin Crampin

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about 1890

Three-light window. The centre light depict the standing figure of Mary, amid a group including children in the outer lights.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: Clayton & Bell

Church of St Illtyd, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan
east wall of the south aisle

The window depicts a version of the 'Madonna della Misericordia' (Virgin of Mercy), most famously depicted in an altarpiece by Piero della Francesca at Sansepolcro, Tuscany (completed 1462). The altarpiece, and most other depictions, show figures grouped under the protection of Mary's cloak, although in this window the figures are grouped at the side. With a basket of bread (?) and ewer below, the composition is similar to scenes depicting Dorcas, or acts of Mercy, subjects which are much more common. However, the bread and ewer also have Eucharistic connotations.


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Vivian Kelly, St Illtud's Church Llantwit Major (1993), p. 14.

View this object on the Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue

Photo © Martin Crampin

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