Design for window

Louis C. Tiffany American
Tiffany Studios

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This drawing suggests the design process for the first in a series of eight memorial windows executed in 1912 for Congregation Anshe Chesed’s Euclid Avenue Temple, Cleveland, Ohio. Created in consultation with Rabbi Louis Wolsey, these theologically complex windows illustrate the history of Judaism through the Middle Ages.
The first window embodies symbols of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Lion of Judah appears in the roundel. The ram Abraham sacrificed in place of Isaac is shown atop the flaming altar, under which is set a bundle of sticks. At the bundle’s center, the dagger used by Abraham to slay the ram is depicted. Shepherds’ crooks, a reference to the patriarchs’ occupation, flank the altar. "Shaddai" (God) is written in Hebrew at the center of the cartouche, and the decorative border is punctuated by Stars of David. A note on the right of the mat, "Approved. Lehman & Schmitt", indicates that the drawing was sent by Tiffany Studios to the architects and congregation in Cleveland who approved the design.

Design for window, Louis C. Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York), Gouache, watercolor and graphite on transparent paper mounted on board in original mat., American

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