Church - Table of Contents
Resurrection Stained Glass Windows
One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY
In the Allentown Local and Federal Historic Districts
First Presbyterian Church - Official Web Site
||1892 (Building erected 1889-91)
||Opalescent with painted body parts.
Some of the opalescent glass is layered.
|In the early 1880s, there was a small
group of artists who worked with La Farge and Tiffany who were also
attracted to the medium of opalescent glass windows. The most important
of these early artists were David Maitland Armstrong, Francis Augustus
Lathrop, Mary Tillinghast, Thomas Wright, John Calvin, Frank Millet and Joseph Lauber.
Armstrong, Tillinghast, Wright and Calvin continued careers as full-time glass artists.
Early in her career, Tillinghast created Jacob's Dream
in Grace Church in New York City. Her window was a fantastic vision of
angels ascending a ladder within billowing clouds of multi-colored
Gallery window: Ascension stained glass window, by the Ford Company of Boston
Ground level: 3 Resurrection panels by Mary Tillinghast
[Mary Tillinghast] was a stained glass artist who was hired by
architect Bertram Goodhue to create windows for Asheville's Trinity
Episcopal Church in 1912...
This is one of her windows, Urania,
located at the Allegheny Observatory in Pennsylvania.
This woman was an
artist, a contemporary of Tiffany and John LaFarge, both of whom she
worked with or for. She even became business partners with LaFarge,
then she sued the company and started her own. Unmarried, deeply
talented, whipsmart and born into money, Tillinghast had a way with
glass that I think neither LaFarge nor Tiffany (and his countless
workers whose names have melted away under his own) come close to
touching. Certainly each of the three, the veritable triumvirate of
20th century glass making, has his and her own aesthetic.
Tillinghast's windows at Trinity
have been taken down. I learned tonight that they were in such horrid
condition that they fell apart or were broken apart and six-inch pieces
were either sold or given to parishioners. I've read her letters,
detailing her experience of making them. And I want to see them whole
again. I know this isn't possible.
But I am beginning a quest to find the six-inch pieces of the windows. I want to touch them.
On this page, below: Resurrection
(See also, on a different page: Ascension)
|Resurrection - Left panel
Left panel - Detail: Salome? Joanna? Mary, the Mother of James? See "Resurrection" iconography
Left panel - Detail
Left panel - Detail: bottom of window
|Resurrection - Center panel: the risen Christ speaking to Mary Magdalene (right panel)
Center panel - Detail
Center panel - detail
Center panel - detail (bottom)
The quote "I am the Resurrection and the life" is spoken to Martha in John 11:25 - not to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection.
|Resurrection - Right panel: Mary Magdalene (based on the text at the bottom of the center panel)
Right panel - detail
The color distortion in the clothing is due to artificial backlighting added after a 1925 addition blocked natural light.
Right panel - detail: top of window
Right panel - detail
Special thanks to Business Manager Christina Trachtenberg for her cooperation in 2010.
Photos © 2010 Chuck LaChiusa
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