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Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France. Detail of the 12th century window La Belle Verrière. It is probably the most famous at Chartres, found in the first bay of the choir after the south transept. This part shows the Virgin and child surrounded by adoring angels and dates from around 1180. The Virgin is depicted wearing a blue robe and sitting on a throne, with the Christ Child seated on her lap, raising his hand in blessing. This composition, known as the Sedes sapientia ('Throne of Wisdom',) is based on the famous cult figure kept in the crypt.
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