Tiffany's Swedenborgian Angels: Stained Glass Windows Representing the Seven Churches from the Book of Revelation (Paperback)

Tiffany's Swedenborgian Angels: Stained Glass Windows Representing the Seven Churches from the Book of Revelation By Mary Lou Bertucci, Joanna Hill, Arthur Femenella (Contributions by), Susannah Currie (Contributions by), Carla Friedrich (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Mary Lou Bertucci, Joanna Hill, Arthur Femenella (Contributions by), Susannah Currie (Contributions by), Carla Friedrich (Contributions by)
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In 2001, a Swedenborgian minister found a set of seven magnificent stained-glass windows stored in old crates in a barn in rural Pennsylvania. Their story illuminates a fascinating facet of American art history as well as an important set of spiritual teachings.

In 1902, a Swedenborgian church in Glendale, Ohio, commissioned the seven windows as a gift for their sister church in Cincinnati. Each window depicts an angel that represents one of the seven churches described in the book of Revelation. The windows were designed and created in the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and they reflect not only the rich symbolism found in the Bible, but Tiffany’s hallmark color and brilliance. Tiffany’s love of revealing angels in stained glass shines through in every panel.

After their original home was torn down in 1964, the windows were put into storage, only to be rediscovered and painstakingly restored years later. Now a traveling exhibition, the seven angels have been given a new life as shining examples of Tiffany’s art and as a focus for spiritual reflection and meditation.

Tiffany’s Swedenborgian Angels guides the reader not only through the history of the windows, but the spiritual meaning of each one, weaving Swedenborg’s teachings with the luminous imagery of the angels themselves. If you have seen the exhibition, the book allows you to revisit the windows again any time; if you have not, it is a powerful introduction to a vivid piece of spiritual history.

About the Author


Mary Lou Bertucci is a freelance editor who specializes in scholarly publishing. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in English literature. From 1994 to 2007, she was the senior editor at the Swedenborg Foundation. In addition to her work for the Swedenborg Foundation, she was a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Human Rights (1986, 1994). She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her husband and drunken cat.

Joanna Hill has worked in scholarly publishing for many years and is executive editor of Swedenborg Foundation Press. She has a BA in French and a MA in religious studies from the Academy of the New Church Theological School in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780877853398
ISBN-10: 0877853398
Publisher: Swedenborg Foundation Publishers
Publication Date: October 1st, 2011
Pages: 104
Language: English