Posts Tagged ‘New Jerusalem’


silk scarf inspired by la farge’s the new jerusalem

Boston philanthropist George Nixon Black Jr. commissioned John La Farge to produce The New Jerusalem in memory of his father and his sister, Marianne. The window illustrates the biblical text, “And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”


detail from the new jerusalem window, trinity church boston

It is a magnificent artistic expression that you can see for yourself when you visit Trinity Church and you can read a fictionalized account of the man who purchased the window, George Nixon Black, in the new book, The House at Lobster Cove by Jane Goodrich. It includes a chapter on the creation of the window.


The scarf is available exclusively in the Trinity Church gift shop.

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You’ll find  Ieposolyma-The New Jerusalem in an area known as the north transept of Trinity Church in Copley Square.  It is an upper level window that rests beside another John La Farge masterpiece, The Resurrection (1902).  The New Jerusalem was completed and installed eight years earlier in 1884.

As described by scholar James L. Yarnall in his biographical study of John La Farge, this window depicts “the vision of the New Jerusalem described in the book of Revelation. The design fused Byzantine architecture and Mannerist figures from Correggio with a dazzling array of jeweled opalescent glasses.”

If you’re in Boston, see firsthand how the sunlight shines through all of this magnificent glass — this window apparently contains every kind of glass La Farge ever used including pressed jewels, confetti glass, and opalescent glass.  Tour information available here.

I tend to focus on the pieces that make up the whole, but if you search online you’ll find some photographs of the whole window, like this one.

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