The windows were commissioned by members of the Rockefeller family and they are just glorious. The large window at the back of the church was inspired by the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan and was meant as a tribute to the life of John D. Rockefeller, Jr by his children. Seen from the outside, you only get a hint of the fabulous work inside.
|The Good Samaritan, Marc Chagall, 1964|
The windows along the sanctuary are all Chagall's interpretations of select Biblical verses illustrating the lives of prophets. I particularly liked the window depicting the prophet Jeremiah, not so much for the verse (Lamentations 3:1-9), but for the colors and the emotion I felt it conveyed.
|Jeremiah, Marc Chagall, 1966|
Chagall created all the windows in the Atelier Jacques Simon in Reims, France. He first drew a life-size rendering of each window and then artisans fabricated the glass according to this drawing. At the end of the process, Chagall painted the images onto the glass. Once complete, the windows were dismantled and reassembled in the church.
|The Rose Window, Henri Matisse|
This little side trip reminds me of all the opportunities to see art that I have access to in the area. Art trips don't need to be time-consuming to be wonderful and worthwhile. I just need to go. What would be best would be to make plans and write them in my calendar. I'll have no excuse then. Do you regularly schedule time for art trips?