20th Century Design Online
Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company Stained Glass Window Panel, New York, c. 1898, design depicting six columns and three arches adorned with twenty-four glass jewels, festooned with a banner quoting John 1:51: "Ye shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the son of man," in iron window frame with latch hardware top, center-pivot hinge and four horizontal support rods, marked in black paint l.r. "Copyright 1898, Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company, New York," ht. 40 1/4, wd. 60, dp. 2 3/4 in.
Note: This statement has been interpreted as associating or implicating Jesus with the mythical (Jacob's) ladder, in that Christ bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth. Jesus presents himself as the reality to which the ladder points; as Jacob saw in a dream the reunion of Heaven and Earth, Jesus brought this reunion, metaphorically the ladder, into reality.
Adam Clarke, an early 19th-century Methodist theologian and Bible scholar, elaborates: "That by the angels of God ascending and descending, is to be understood, that a perpetual intercourse should now be opened between heaven and earth, through the medium of Christ, who was God manifested in the flesh. Our blessed Lord is represented in his mediatorial capacity as the ambassador of God to men; and the angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man, is a metaphor taken from the custom of dispatching couriers or messengers from the prince to his ambassador in a foreign court, and from the ambassador back to the prince."
Ten cracked panes. One white jewel on far right arch facing with some loss. Crack to large pane rear, first arch. Some lead loss securing three panes lower rear.
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