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Building Name: Christ Church Cranbrook

Artist Name: J. Gordon Guthrie

City: Bloomfield Hills

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2

Brief Description of Subject: Three separate windows, located in the baptistery, are to be view as one picture --- the Baptism of Christ. All three of these J. Gordon Guthrie windows incorporate medieval-style architectural surrounds, canopies, and bottom panels. In style, they are Gothic Revival, but rely on later sources from fourteenth and fifteenth century England. John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, was born 6 months before Jesus in a land suffering from corrupt government, loose morals, and hypocrisy. Apparently thoroughly schooled in the religious tradition of his people, he became indignant over conditions, and leading a life of self-denial, preached a gospel of repentance.

This window depicts Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist. The inscription comes from Matt.3:16-17 (KJV) "And Jesus when he was baptized, went out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him: and, lo a voice from heaven saying, THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, in whom I am well pleased." Above the head of John the Baptist is seen the descending dove (Spirit of God).

The maker has signed his name at the bottom right of the window.

Inscriptions: This is my beloved son


Condition of Window: good

Height: 5.5'

Width: 1.25'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came

Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2, top
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2, top
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2, bottom
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2, bottom
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2, signature
Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Part 2, signature

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