Wednesday, May 18, 2011
A window to view and vend
The best window in the roman rite cathedral of Cleveland is seen by few people. The church has had major remodels. One has to believe, this window was meant to be seen. Now, one has to stand right in front of it to see it. That spot is on the choir stairs. The door to the stairs is usually locked. People using the stairs, besides the organist, are quite few; and they are in transit, looking at their feet. A special camera, indeed, would be needed to photograph it in one shot. The window is too long, and too wide for a normal camera less than three feet away to snap.
Unlike the windows of St. Casimir, and probably those of some others, being hawked by the diocese and its master, this one would be canonically permissible to be sold (at the current time). It is a marvelous triple window, Jesus among the fishermen. Some will be his apostles. He calls them, and us. Some new church in the affluent suburbs of the sunbelt could rescue this window from obscurity, and get a minor masterpiece that is not being created any longer at a fraction of a new commission price, and since there is a flood of close-out windows, the 'fair market price' would be a bargain for this Mayer window from Munich.