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Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:26

Rediscovered Tiffany Windows go on View at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

Louis Comfort Tiffany's 'Angels Representing Seven Churches,' 1902. Louis Comfort Tiffany's 'Angels Representing Seven Churches,' 1902. Photograph by Douglas A. Lockard courtesy of In Company with Angels, Inc.

In 1964, Cincinnati’s Swedenborgian Church of the New Jerusalem was razed for the construction of a highway. The spiritual home to followers of the 18th-century Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, the church was built in 1902, at which time it received the gift of seven stained-glass windows produced by Tiffany Studios, the pre-eminent American producer of stained and art glass, under the direction of the firm’s founder and head, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). Unlike many Tiffany windows that perished when their buildings faced the wrecking ball, these were preserved. For decades they sat in crates, hidden away in basements and garages of parishioners, and eventually a barn in Pennsylvania. Only when the barn began to leak in 2001 did a newly appointed minister open the crates. To her astonishment, that which was lost was found again—and even covered with decades of grime, the unique Tiffany beauty of all seven windows, each emblazoned with a life-size stained-glass angel, made a powerful impression.

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