Dec 312011

We are members of the Huntsville Museum of Art, though I visit far too infrequently.

Sometime before Christmas, Lea said something to me about a traveling exhibit there.  Now she probably explained the whole thing to me, but what I carried forward from it was “stained glass.”  So she said something about wanting to go this week, and I thought “oh yeah, the stained glass.”  Sure.  Let’s go.  Thursday got the nod.

Oh, what a marvelous trip!  The exhibit is In Company with Angels:  Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows.

The Cincinnati church of which these windows were part was demolished in 1964, and though some of the parishioners had the foresight to save the windows, they’ve been kind of sitting around here and there in barns and sheds and such until their rediscovery 10 years ago and subsequent restoration.  The angels are based on seven letters written to the seven Christian churches of Asia Minor identified in the Book of Revelation: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.

I won’t go into too much detail here, partially because I want to leave discoveries for folks who go, but mostly because nothing I could say approaches the experience of seeing them.

Speaking of:  locals, you have two weeks left.  These windows are magnificent and absolutely worth the trip to the museum.

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  2 Responses to “In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows”

  1. I was speechless when I saw the windows. Then I was all up at them, touching the glass, trying to tell where the double and triple layers of glass were, looking at the glazing, eyeing what was foil and what was lead. The friend I was with thought I was nuts. Seeing those windows, the majesty of the glass Tiffany created for them, and all the work the women did assembling them back before there were grinders … Just Wow. First thing that’s touched my soul in a very long time.

  2. WXchick, soul-touching is a great way to express it.

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