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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Christ Church Cranbrook

Studio Name: Bonawit (G. Owen) Studios

City: Bloomfield Hills

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, more than 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1928

Subject/Title of Window: Clerestory Windows

Brief Description of Subject: The 17 clerestory windows in the nave and chancel are in a grisaille Gothic Revival style, meaning they are composed chiefly of clear glass painted with minute floral detail and highlighted with colored glass. The style originated in thirteenth-century France in the Cistercian orders. The Cistercians did not approve of depicting figures in church ornamentation, in keeping with the First Commandment stricture to make no graven images. They also followed the teachings of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who strongly criticized the use of decorative figures such as gargoyles, and the extraordinary coloration used in Gothic churches of the period. Grisaille (the old French word for gray) windows are so called because they have a gray or silvery tonality.

The different measurements for widths occur because the windows in the Chancel have only two lights.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 12'

Width: 5' clerestory, 7' nave

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

Clerestory Windows
Clerestory Windows
Clerestory Window, exterior
Clerestory Window, exterior

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