Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael lancet is an excellent example of Tiffany’s Warrior Angel series of windows. The exquisitely painted Archangel Michael appears in a frontal stance, confidently standing upon a rock and looking out into the viewer’s space. His face is strong and serious. He wears a coat of chain mail and appears in his characteristic role of defender, with his right hand upraised in a gesture of victory. Of special note is the use of translucent interior plating to imply depth and movement within the window, especially evident in the clouds enveloping the legs of the angel. St. Michael holds in his left hand a palm branch indicating victory of life over death. The inscription reads, “Thine, O Lord is the Victory”.

In memory of Allen Caperton Braxton (1862-1914)
Tiffany Studios, N.Y. 1914 (signed and dated)

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