June 19, 2013

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Conserved in preparation for the exhibition, the massive, 12-feet tall stained glass window 'The Righteous Shall Receive a Crown of Glory', circa 1901, has not been on display for decades. The subject of victory over death emphasizes the joyful mood of post-Civil War America and expresses the belief, held by a small group of liberal Protestant congregations whose ideas gained traction during this period, that the faithful are rewarded with peace in heaven. The textured glass suggests the weight, strength, and fullness of the angels’ wings, creating an aura of otherworldliness and light. On loan from the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.