VAL D'AOSTA - Aosta
FILE : Cathedral deambulatory 5
TITLE : St Margareth

LOCATION: Aosta, Cathedral, deambulatory window A

DIMENSIONS: lancet window composed by 3 panels; h. 126 cms. x w. 66 cms.

PROVENANCE: original location

CHRONOLOGY: beginning of the XVI century

AUTHORS: local school

PATRONAGE: the donor is not known

SUBJECT: St. Margareth. Virgin, Martyr 20 July 306 (?). Beheaded at Antioch in Pisidia. Called Marina by the Greeks. Represented as a young early Christian virgin martyr with long fair hair, wearing a red dress, her hands joined in prayer. She is emerging from the dragon and trampling on him. Two columns and a festoon as architectonic framing. The lunette in the upper panel represents Hercules taming one of Diomedes’ man-eating mares, a putto on each side.

CRITICAL NOTES: The composition is simple and elegant. Noteworthy are the luminous and chromatic values, and the linearity. The same sensitiveness towards the expressive possibilities given by the glass is shown by the best stained glass windows in the church; the analogies out of the Cathedral in Aosta may be found at Issogne Castle as well as beyond the Alps.

CONDITIONS: a few modern tesseras, traces of repaintings, breakings, some grisaille fell (hair, upper panel).

BIBLIOGRAPHY: see Bibl. Cattedrale di Aosta

PHOTOGRAPHIC REFERENCE: Archivio CVMA Italia – Dono Mons. Garino

EDITOR: Emanuela Linda Cappa, May 2003