National Geographic : 1969 Dec
Image of inspiration, Notre Dame de la Belle Verriere-Our Lady of the Beautiful Window - survived the fire of 1194 along with the west facade and now reigns in the south ambulatory. Impurities in the original glass and weathering of its exterior give rich color and texture. 878 Master of an antique art, Francois Lorin tends the cathedral's 176 windows. He uses medieval surgery, adding lead strips to strengthen and repair panels, as his predecessors did in the Child's face on page 856. In his studio glows Saint Clare of Assisi, his own design.