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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Sunday, 10 March 2013

Marc Chagall

Tucked away in a tiny hamlet in Kent is a church called All Saints. When you enter the church you are greeted with  the most magnificent stained glass windows I have ever seen. Why are they so special? Well all the windows in the church  were designed by the Russian artist Marc Chagall.

 This window was commissioned by the parents of Sarah Goldsmid who drowned in 1963, in a sailing accident, with a friend at the age of 21. In the lower half of the window we can see  grieving figures looking at Sarah as she lies dead in the sea.


The upper half shows the resurrection as Sarah is carried to a ladder which leads to Christ on the cross



Marc Chagall came to see the installation of  the new window. When he walked in to the church he was overcome with its beauty in situ and offered to design all the windows in the church. For a long time he had wanted to design all the windows in a church but wanted them to be lit by natural light. All Saints became that church. I will just post the photos for you to hopefully enjoy. If you want further information about Chagall and this church I have included the link:



























31 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, it looks like a church I'd like to visit some time. Why not come along and add the link to Cemetery Sunday on http://beneaththyfeet.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. What a wonderful story. The glasses are so beautiful. Chagall is a master, I visited his museum last summer in Nice, France. If you ever get the chance go and see.

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  3. They are hardly traditional but I like them very much.

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  4. Wow! How wonderful and magical. Thank you for sharing this with me. I love it! :-)

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  5. Welcome to Cemetery Sunday, thank you for sharing your link

    What a fabulously fascinating post with stunning pictures and such beautiful art work. Makes me wish I could visit in person.

    Thank you again for linking up with Cemetery Sunday

    Beneath Thy Feet

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  6. This is such a great posting Fun. I adore stain glass windows and the close up shots are just incredible. Would love to see it in real but the quality of the shots here is really great, so your camera is really good at this kind of light.

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  7. What beautiful windows! Thanks for sharing your photos and story.

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  8. here from MOM-I LOVE visiting churches and cathedrals, along with castles and cemeteries in Europe-these staned glass windows are magnificent!!

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  9. The windows are beautiful but the history of how they happened is what makes this post really special. An amazing story... I can just imagine Marc Chagall standing there realizing that he had found the perfect place to fulfill his dream!

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  10. I can see why you like these windows - and the light on the floor shot is great.

    Seems that there was a small miracle in NZ.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. Beautiful photos. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz (mlc)
    Liz (yacb)

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  12. Wow - those stained glass windows are so beautiful. And such a sad story around the first one.

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  13. vackra glasdekorationer på fönstren kul med lite historia också.
    Ha en fin vecka
    Kram Meta

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  14. Stunning!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  15. Beautiful stained glass and especially good to have all the windows designed by the same artist.

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  16. Stunning shades of Blue in these art-works. How wonderful that Chagall visited this unique church and went on to create the other windows.
    A lovely story and captures .... Thank you for sharing them

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  17. What a lucky, lucky church! The window for the dead girl is especially moving.

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  18. So pretty! I like the beautiful light the windows create.

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  19. Such a lovely church and wonderful windows. A beautiful story indeed! Thanks for sharing it with us today!

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  20. Stained-glass art is so wonderful!

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  21. Great blue colour indeed ! For the soul. Thank you for this journey. Please have a good Tuesday.


    robert geiß

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  22. The stained glass windows are fantastic. What a moving tribute to the loss of a child.

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  23. They make one think of 'God's mysterious ways', how out of a personal tragedy, such wonders can arise. Thank you for making us aware of this tucked away beauty.

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  24. What awesome windows in that church, very beautiful indeed.

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  25. Beautiful colorful windows. They are superb.

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  26. I love stained glass windows. These ones are absolutely stunning—especially the blues and purples.

    Happy Tuesday. ☺

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  27. Wow ! what a discovery ! They are all very beautiful ! Something very special to what you usually find in a church !

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  28. lovely. like that you caught the light patterns in the floor too. neat story of the painter.

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  29. Those are spectacular and what a backstory to go with them.

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  30. Beautiful!!! They look so ethereal...

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