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A richly adorned axial chapel
The Chapel of the Virgin in Rouen Cathedral is an axial chapel formed of three straight bays and a five-sided apse. It was created by Jean Davi from 1305 to 1311 on the orders of Archbishop Guillaume de Flavacourt. High windows and colored stained-glass windows imagined by Guillaume Barbe around 1470 illuminate it. The altar containing the holy oils is framed by an imposing wooden altarpiece in the overloaded Baroque style, sculpted by Jean Racine from 1643 to 1645. A painting by Philippe de Champaigne evoking the Adoration of the Shepherds (1629) is inserted in the center of the altarpiece.
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