Religious art can take many forms and hold many meanings for those willing to take a closer look. Whether you get to see the window in person or simply want to know more about it, here are seven insights into the symbolism and detail found within the Come unto Me stained glass mural now on display at the Rome Italy Temple Visitors’ Center.
All images courtesy of Erin Pritchett and Holdman Studios
1. The window, fitting in just a 20-foot space, represents every parable Christ taught along with miracles and other moments from His life and mission.
In the panel above, the Good Samaritan, the widow’s mite, shepherds at Christ’s birth, and Christ's Triumphal Entry are some of the stories and parables represented.
Here we see a fishing boat, a little boy, a sparrow, and a well as representations of the necessity to become as a little child, of Christ’s teachings of the Living Water, His power to calm the sea, and His love and awareness of each one of us.
In the panel above, we see a representation of the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman with a 12-year issue of blood, and the woman taken in adultery. Also seen are the 10 commandments on stone tablets above the archway of the building.
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2. The Savior is the very center of the mural.
In artistic terms, Christ is the “vanishing point,” with all perspective lines pointed toward Him:
Notice the angles of the buildings, the arms of the small girl on the far left, and the woman near the well along with the young man’s crutch—all direct the view to the Savior. Even the stones on the ground are concentrically pointing toward Christ to emphasize His central role as our Redeemer.
3. The window was made from a multi-step process. Some of those steps include posing models in time-period costuming for a photo shoot, then using those photos to create a sketch, which later helps in the glass painting process.
Shown above is the progression from model to sketch to glass of Nicodemus, the Pharisee.
Above and below: Various stages of illustrating the apostle Peter in art glass.
Here are different stages of Christ’s face in the artists’ efforts to illustrate His love, concern, and compassion for each of us: