Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from and

Above is a beautiful stained glass window from 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.”

From the Saint Jean Baptiste website that has been since been taken down (too bad because it was a great resource on the church history and architecture):

These beautiful windows were designed and crafted by the Chartres, France, atelier of Charles Lorin 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.

From the website of Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin:

The “Lorin de Chartres” Studio or Atelier Lorin was founded by Nicolas Lorin (1815 – 1882), a master of painted and stained French art glass, in 1863. His wife, Madame Veuve Lorin and his son Charles Lorin (1874 – 1940) took over the studio upon Nicolas’ death. The Lorin Studio restored medieval glass and created many stained glass windows around the world including windows in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, the Cathedral Notre Dame de Chartres in France, the Miracle of St. Nicolas in the Monaco Cathedral, and the Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste in New York. Today the Lorin Company is the oldest stained glass workshop in Chartres. Chartres is noted for its stained glass designs and is the home of Centre International du Vitrail Museum dedicated to stained glass technology.