A criticism was filed by the Parisian lumière sur le patrimoine affiliation towards three American museums, together with the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, for hiding the theft of stain glass home windows from the Rouen Cathedral in December 2023, Ouest-France experiences.
In keeping with written testimony, archaeologist and artwork historian Jean Lafond (who died in 1975) had inventoried a sequence of stain glass home windows on the Rouen Cathedral in 1911 that, it was later found in 1931, have been not there. 5 of those six home windows have been allegedly bought on the Parisian artwork market earlier than anybody realized of their disappearance.
The window panels would have depicted the “Seven Sleepers of Ephesus”, a well-known legend through which Christian troopers fell asleep in a cave close to Ephesus and get up almost 200 years later, with the sixth window coming from one of many chapels within the nave.
The items have been reportedly bought by American collectors earlier than they landed within the institutional collections of the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, the Worcester Museum in Massachusetts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York.
The president of the affiliation Philippe Machicote is combating to have these artworks returned to the state. In September 2023, Machicote tried to carry Sotheby’s accountable for having supposedly bought two of stain glass home windows from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1862, however the Paris prosecutor’s workplace didn’t acknowledge the enchantment.
The prosecutor’s workplace in Rouen has two months remaining to decide on the Rouen Cathedral’s stain glass home windows.