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World War II Triptychs:

Triptych 18, center panel

Christ with Arms Outstretched, 1942

Commissioned by: Citizens Committee for the Army and NavyMedium: oil on wood with gilded gessoExecuted by: Hildreth MeièreRelocated to: Church of the Holy Family

Triptych 18, Christ with Arms Outstretched. Photograph in Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy, and Air Force Records, 1940-1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Triptych 18, Christ with Arms Outstretched. Photograph in Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy, and Air Force Records, 1940-1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Hildreth Meière painted Triptych 18 in December, 1942. The triptych depicts Christ with Arms Outstretched and the inscription: COME UNTO ME ALL YE WHO LABOUR AND ARE HEAVILY BURDENED AND I WILL REFRESH YOU.1

On August 16, 1949, the triptych was sent to the American Services Division Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City. Twenty years later, April 23, 1969, it was given to the Church of the Holy Family, also in Manhattan.2 Today only the center section of the triptych remains. It hangs in the sacristy.

Center section of Triptych 18 at Church of the Holy Family

Center section of Triptych 18 at Church of the Holy Family

1

See “Triptych History,” Hildreth Meière Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

2

“Triptych History.”

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Church of the Holy Family
315 E. 47th St.
New York, NY 10017

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