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St. Paul's Catholic Church, Onaway, Michigan: artists Peter and Christel Brahm

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Building Name: Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony, formerly St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church (closed 2006)

Studio Name: Tyrolese Art Glass Company

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1902

Subject/Title of Window: St. Luke the Evangelist

Brief Description of Subject: Each of the four windows in the apse features one of the Evangelists. This one is St. Luke.

In Ezekiel 1:5-14 there is an appearance of creatures with 4 wings and 4 faces -- human, ox, lion, and eagle. In Rev. 4:5-8 four living winged creatures surround the throne -- a human, an ox, a lion, and an eagle. Since early Christianity these were matched with the four Evangelists. Many combinations are possible but St. Jerome's became standard. Luke was the WINGED OX since in the Old Testament oxen were used in sacrifices and Luke's gospel begins with the sacrifice offered by Zacharias.

As a Gospel writer, one of Luke's attributes is a PEN.

The logo of the maker appears at the bottom right corner as "TGA INNSBRUCK." The "TGA" stands for "Tiroler Glasmalerei Anstalt" whose factory was in Innsbruck, Austria. "Glasmalerei" literally translates into English as "glass painting". The company chose to go by the name "Tyrolese Art Glass Company" in the United States.

Inscriptions: Ex Dono Rev(er)di(ssim) Decani W. Herwig
Translation: Donated by the Reverend Dean (for Diocese of Detroit) W. Herwig


Height: 42"

Width: 21"

St. Luke the Evangelist
St. Luke the Evangelist
St. Luke the Evangelist close-up
St. Luke the Evangelist close-up
St. Luke the Evangelist donor
St. Luke the Evangelist donor

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