These works of art are expressions of deeply felt inner searching for the eternal. Architectural Stained Glass is an environmental art form. Stained Glass is the fine art of painting with light. As multifarious colors of beautiful light flood the interior of a sanctuary, the inner sanctum is transformed into a mystical source of joy, peace, and tranquility.....
Stained Glass Quarterly
article dated Fall 1989
The Mishna in Temple Tifereth Israel - Columbus Ohio
In style, the six architectural stained glass windows in Temple Tifereth Israel synagogue exist as independent works of art, while interrelating with one another to create one complete, and unified environmental composition, existing in harmony with the architecture.
Although collectively these stained glass windows embody one comprehensive idea, they each individually symbolize one of the six orders of the Mishna, (a principal rabbinic code edited about 200 C.E.) The purely abstract compositional theme of the lead and glass is interwoven with symbolic content in the form of paint, which has been applied directly on the glass and fired into its surface. The special character of the line work is thus achieved by interlacing lead and paint. The lead line is a pure design element. The paint delineates symbolism. The total effect is that of a labyrinth. The symbolism was intentionally rendered subtly. In this way, the symbolic imagery was merged with the abstract. Therefore, understanding the hidden meaning contained within each of these stained glass windows demands a length of time devoted to study, both of the windows and their source of inspiration. These works are evocative of Jewish life and culture; historical, social, intellectual, intuitional, aesthetic and spiritual.
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