Cornerstone Windows

Peter Brandes's avatar Peter Brandes

The Cornerstone Windows are a depiction of four motifs from the bible executed in stained glass by world renowned artist, Peter Brandes. Peter tends to work with motifs, rather than with representation, or an elaborately constructed image. His motifs are often scarcely more than an indication of symbolic form. It is a method well suited for developing a symbolic language that can convey meaning with the minimum description while having the maximum immediacy of impact. Yellow Window: Representing light and joy, it previews the resurrection Christ, who is shown on the cross, but His right arm has fallen down as a sign that shows how in death, Christ provided seeds for our new life. Blue Window: Represents the baptism of Christ. The lines of the water encircling the work represent our rebirth in Christ. The motif shows Christ who from the arm and hand of John received the water of life. Red Window: Represents the resurrection morning. It shows the tombstone, cave, and Christ when he meets Mary Magdalene. The red represents the color of life – the blood that makes our hearts function, the wine of the Eucharist, and the message of love that makes us alive. Complementary Window: This three-panel window showcases three motifs from the Old Testament – Cain slaying Abel, Abraham sacrificing Isaac, and Jacob’s battle with the angel. All three represent conflict that ends in blessing. This window rounds out the prism of colors.

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  • Art form: 2-D
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  • Medium: Stained Glass
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  • Year created: 2015
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