JEWELS FOR A CROWN: The Story of the Chagall Windows by Miriam reund

JEWELS FOR A CROWN: The Story of the Chagall Windows

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Chagall's Jerusalem windows, now in the synagogue of the Hebrew University. Medical Center, were commissioned by the Hadassah. When completed, they were shown to record-breaking crowds in New York and Paris before being flown to Israel. The originals must be breathtaking, for even in the unfinished review copy, the illustrations of what Chagall calls his ""glasses"" seem to glow up from the pages of the short book. The windows are devoted to all of the twelve tribes of Israel. The description for each window starts with the appropriate Biblical quotation; the body of the text is concerned with a tracery of the symbolism employed by the artist. The author, with the architect, was the one who persuaded Chagall to accept this commission. The type faces used are as clear as the smoothly written text. An introductory chapter describes the painstaking techniques involved in the creation of the glass for stained windows and provides a summary of Chagall's life and previous work. This excellent book would be at home in adult collections too.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1963
Publisher: McGraw-Hill