Merry Christmas from Balletfocus!

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Merry Christmas from Balletfocus!

Above is a beautiful stained glass window depicting the Nativity in Saint Jean Baptiste Church at 76th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan. The stained glass artist was Charles Lorin. You can see Lorin’s “signature” below Joseph’s green sock in the lower left corner:  “CH LORIN 1918.” The windows were designed and crafted by the Chartres, France artist between 1914 and 1919. Due to the danger of shipping during World War I, they were kept in France and, therefore, not installed until 1920. Along with the Lorin windows in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, these are the only examples in New York of the superb craftsmanship of this workshop, according to the church website.