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“Come for the Tiffany windows, stay for the warmth of this neighborhood institution”

Church of St. Michael
Reviewed 12 April 2013

If you find yourself as far north as 99th street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, it is worth paying a visit to St. Michael's Church. Over the years, I have been to a number of concerts there, for example, and while evening is not the best time to see the famous Tiffany windows, the Byzantine-Romanesque style of the architecture is might impressive. There are choral Compline services (the monastic Hour for the end of the day) on Wednesdays at 8:30.

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Reviewed 23 April 2011

If you are interested in stained glass in general and Louis Comfort Tiffany in particular, a visit to St Michael's Church (225 West 99th Street, New York) is very worth while. On our visit, the church had a warm feeling to it and was obviously in regular use. Not only was it open regularly for its parishioners, the authorities were more than happy to permit photography as long as we promised to send them some of the photos!

In 1895, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) was commissioned to design and install the seven great apse windows above the High Altar, representing St Michael’s Victory in Heaven. These windows are considered to be amongst the finest compositions in American favrile glass (an iridescent glass, where the colour is ingrained in the glass itself, as well as having a distinctive colouring). In 1920, Tiffany completed the Witness of the Redemption reredos in the Chapel of the Angels – one of his most important ecclesiastical mosaics. Flanking the mosaic are two Tiffany sanctuary lamps, made from ‘turtle back’ glass (because of their resemblance to the curved top shell of a turtle). The Tiffany windows in the Chapel of the Angels are particularly interesting for their use of the plating technique and drapery glass. Whilst Tiffany may not have invented plating, he used it to perfection to create depth, shadows and contours. (Plating (sometimes called layering or overlays) refers to the soldering together of two or more layers of glass to create depth and contrasts in colours). Drapery glass refers to a sheet of heavily folded glass that suggests fabric folds. Tiffany made abundant use of drapery glass in ecclesiastical stained glass windows to add a three dimensional effect to flowing robes and angel wings.

St Michael's Church represent one of the largest Tiffany installations still intact in its original setting and should not be missed!

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