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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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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. Matthew the Evangelist

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

In Ezekiel 1:5-14 there is the 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; St. Jerome's became standard. Matthew was the HUMAN WITH WINGS as his gospel begins with the ancestry of Christ -- his human side.

Since Matthew was a tax collector before becoming an apostle, he is the patron saint of bookkeepers and a BOOK has become one of his attributes.

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) M. Auer
Translation: Donated by the Reverend M. Auer

Height: ~42"

Width: 21"

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

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