This late Gothic chapel, constructed in the sixteenth century by a noble family for private devotion, is an example of French “flamboyant” architecture, so called because of the elegant flamelike window tracery that characterizes the style. The Gothic period was a time of great change in religious devotion. By the fourteenth century private worship in individual chapels was increasingly common. This chapel was originally the central feature projecting from the façade of the Herbéviller chateau, indicating its symbolic importance. The stained glass installed in the axial windows over the altar and in the tracery panels is original to the chapel. The medallions installed in the lower windows are the fifteenth-century German pieces added in Detroit with modern strapwork surrounds.
Artist French
  • Chapel
Date between 1522 and 1524
Medium limestone and stained glass
Dimensions Overall (vault to keystone): 15 ft. 9 3/8 inches (4 m 81 cm)
Overall (inner walls, width x length): 116 1/8 × 130 5/16 inches (295 cm × 3 m 31 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Booth
Accession Number 23.147
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance Gothic Chapel W252, Level 2 (see map)
Commissioned by Jean Bayer de Boppard, seigneur of Lannoy, and his wife, Eve d'Isenberg (Chateau de Herbéviller, Lorraine, France);
by 1923, dealer, G. T. DeMotte (Paris,France);
1923-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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