SU8504 : Chichester Cathedral - Chagall Window - detail

taken 6 years ago, near to Chichester, West Sussex, Great Britain

Chichester Cathedral - Chagall Window - detail
Chichester Cathedral - Chagall Window - detail
There are already several photographs of this window by Marc Chagall in its entirety on Geograph, so I have uploaded a detailed view of part of it. As can be seen it features Chagall's intense red that he was fond of (though some other Chagall windows on Geograph show a similarly intense blue).
A notice near the window informs us: (all the following is quoted from this notice)
The Chagall Window
This window designed by Marc Chagall and made by Charles Marq was unveiled by
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent
and dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester [Dr E W Kemp] at 12 noon on Friday, October 6th 1978. It was commissioned by Dr Walter Hussey shortly before he retired as Dean.
The theme of the window is Psalm 150: "O praise God in his holiness ~ Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord"
The triumphal quality of this chant is expressed by the dominance in the composition of the colour red [red on white, on green, on yellow] broken up by a certain number of green, blue & yellow blobs. This is the first time that Marc Chagall has conceived a subject composed entirely of small figures: it is the people in festive mood glorifying the Lord, exalting his greatness and his creation.
The musicians are playing the instruments referred to in the psalm: horn, drum, flutes, strings & cymbals. A man juxtaposed with an animal at the right hand edge of the composition holds open a little book, indicating that the word too participates in this hymn of praise. In the centre two figures hold up the seven branched candlestick, while David, author of the psalm, crowns the whole composition playing upon his harp.
For views of the whole window, see
SU8504 : Chagall Window, Chichester Cathedral
SU8504 : Stained glass window by Marc Chagall in Chichester cathedral
SU8504 : Chagall window in Chichester Cathedral
SU8504 : Floral display by the Chagall window within Chichester Cathedral
SU8504 : The Chagall Window on the south wall at Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral was founded as a cathedral in 1075, when the seat of the bishop was moved from Selsey. The Cathedral has architecture in both the Norman and the Gothic styles. It has two architectural features that are unique among England's medieval cathedrals - a free-standing medieval bell tower (or campanile) and double aisles. The cathedral contains two rare medieval sculptures, and many modern art works including tapestries, stained glass and sculpture, many of these commissioned by Dean Hussey.
The Cathedral is 408ft (123m) in length and 157ft (48m) in width, its spire is 277ft (84.5m) in height
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Sunday, 9 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 12 August, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
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