The Riverside Church Chancel Screen
From a Riverside Church pamphlet:
"The chancel screen is carved in white French Caen stone, filling seven arches above and behind the choir. The delicate tracery of this screen supports eighty figures of men and women who, through the ages, have been leading examples of specific aspects of the life of Christ. In each arch, a statue of Jesus is at the center. Moving from left to right, the panels contain figures in Physicians, Teachers, Prophets, Humanitarians, Missionaries, Reformers, and Lovers of Beauty. Included among them are Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, Florence Nightingale, Louis Pasteur, David Livingston, Martin Luther, Saint Francis, Socrates and man other historical and Biblical figures, This chancel screen and most of the stone carving at Riverside was done by the Piccirilli Brothers, working from their studio in New York City.
With the exception of the chancel screen described above, most of the stone in the Nave is Indian limestone.” “Native American oak is used throughout The Riverside Church. It is crafted into pews and here, in the chancel, it is intricately carved. The choir stalls, each unique, include numerous figures found in the Psalms. The oak railing before the choir stalls on the right is titled, “I will sing unto the Lord” and is inspired by Psalm 104. The wood carving in the church was crated by a team of Norwegian artists working in New York City.”
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