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

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Window

Building Name: Cathedral of St. Paul

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1943

Subject/Title of Window: Archangel Raphael

Brief Description of Subject: The tower houses windows of angelic sentinels standing guard, teaching messages of action and leadership.

The four angels to the east are Archangels. The third angel is Raphael watching over the pilgrim Tobias.

As the windows were viewed from a great distance and height, it has been necessary to attenuate the figures, faces, and details in order to bring them down to the eye of the beholder as figures of normal proportions and character. The figures have been carried out with formal gestures that they may tell their story while retaining their decorative charm. It was this kind of treatment that was used so effectively in the medieval windows of the French Cathedrals.

Henry Lee Willet, Designer and Executor

These windows were donated by Mrs. Henry P. Williams in memory of her husband Henry Phillips Williams. They are the parents of G.Mennen Williams, the 41st Governor of the State of Michigan (1949-1961).

Archangel  Raphael
Archangel Raphael
Archangels  Raphael, Uriel
Archangels Raphael, Uriel
Archangels  Raphael, Willet studio sketch
Archangels Raphael, Willet studio sketch

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