For today’s murals, we go back to Stanford University in California, this time to see the biblical images on the walls of the Stanford Church.
Stanford Memorial Church was erected by Jane Lathrop Stanford in memory of her husband Leland Stanford. She wanted it to be open to all and hoped that it would cater to the spiritual needs of the university, says the official site of the university.
Stanford church was completed in 1903 is said to have been rebuilt and strengthened after the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989.
This church in Stanford University is open to visitors during week days and on Sunday. The attractions in here include the artwork on the walls, the stained glass windows and the ornamental lights. The church also has a grand dome, one cannot miss.
Coming to the artwork on the walls of Stanford Church, I learnt that the facade outside is a mosaic of tiles. As for the work inside, there are mosaics as well as paintings made to look like tiles put together. I hear the glass tiles used here have been put up at with some tilt to reflect the lights from the glasses that have golden embedding.
And the images you see inside the church include depictions of Jesus’s life, angels, people from the bible and biblical traditions of Jews and Christians.
The mosaics on the outside:
The work inside Stanford church:
Now let’s go indoors and be mesmerised by the lights, the stained glass and of course the mosaics that adorn the interiors of the church.
The large mosaics are said to have been created on large drawings in Venice and later brought here for installation. Other people who contributed to the grandeur of Stanford Memorial church include mosaic master Maurizio Camerino, stained -glass artistis Frederick and Charles Lamb from NY, designer Antonia Paoletti and several architects who worked on it at different points.
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