If there were to be a stained glass knobbly knees competition, I feel sure these would win. I know I'm supposed to be looking at Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but all I see are the most amazing depictions of flesh, muscle and bone. This is a huge departure from the skinny, wooden early medieval figures whose ribs, breasts and torsos are indicated by firm, thick, simple lines as in basic woodcuts.
These knees are in University College Chapel in Oxford, in a set of eight windows painted by Abraham van Linge in the 1640s. Although they amuse me, they are also part of the wider story of art and developments in the way the naked human body was represented in painting and in stained glass.
Full disclosure: the rest of Adam. (I love the way hair and foliage are strategically placed to preserve Adam and Eve's modesty.)
Prize-winning knees, indeed.