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St. Bartholomew's Church

New York, NY

Stringcourse

Christian virtues, 1929

Commissioned by: Mayers, Murray & PhillipIconographer: Rev. Robert NorwoodMedium: Byzantine-style glass mosaicFabricated by: Pühl & WagnerInstalled by: Ravenna Mosaics

The Transfiguration in the half-dome of the apse, and stringcourse separating upper and lower apse with panels of birds and animals

The Transfiguration in the half-dome of the apse, and stringcourse separating upper and lower apse with panels of birds and animals

As insets for the Sienese-marble stringcourse below the chancel windows separating the upper and lower parts of the apse, Meière designed a series of eight panels with a lion, pelican, unicorn, eagle, peacock, stag, phoenix, and bull. These various birds and animals represent Christian virtues, or characteristics of Christian behavior.1 Each primitive Byzantine figure stands upon an Art-Deco style flower at the base of the panel.

Lion

Lion

Pelican

Pelican

Unicorn

Unicorn

Eagle

Eagle

Peacock

Peacock

Stag

Stag

Phoenix

Phoenix

Bull

Bull

Meière used the same medium, Byzantine-style glass mosaic, for the Transfiguration on the half-dome of the apse above the stringcourse, and also for the Six Days of Creation on the five domes of the narthex.

Narthex domes with the Six Days of Creation; clerestory windows with Magnificat, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Nunc Dimittis, and Benedicite; half-dome of apse with the Transfiguration, and stringcourse separating upper and lower apse with panels of birds and animals

Narthex domes with the Six Days of Creation; clerestory windows with Magnificat, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Nunc Dimittis, and Benedicite; half-dome of apse with the Transfiguration, and stringcourse separating upper and lower apse with panels of birds and animals

1

See Catherine Coleman Brawer, Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière (St. Bonaventure, New York: St. Bonaventure University, 2009): 49. and Brawer and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik, The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière (New York: Andrea Monfried Editions, 2014): 98.

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St. Bartholomew's Church
325 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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