Wheel Window by Reynolds, Francis and Rohnstock (1943)
This is the wheel window in the traditional medieval glass known as pot metal glass designed by Reynolds, Francis and Rohnstock. Joseph G. Reynolds worked with Charles Connick before founding the firm in Boston in 1923. The window is 24 feet in diameter and a circumference of 75 feet. The window has seraphim (the highest angelic class and serve as the caretakers of God's throne and continuously shout praises: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. All the earth is filled with His Glory."), cherubim (angelic beings involved in the worship and praise of God, first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 3:24), and archangels (the highest-ranking angels in heaven) representing three of the nine orders of angels. Cherubim have six blue or yellow wings and are the symbols of Divine Wisdom. Seraphim, the red-winged angels, are symbols of Divine Love. Within the circles are figures from the Old Testament and men in the history of the Christian Church. Saint Bartholomew is in the center with his traditional symbol, the knife.
I obtained information on the Saint Bartholomew’s stained glass windows from “Holy Light,” an excellent source of information by Becca Earley Richards, available at the Saint Bartholomew’s bookstore.
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