St. Paul’s Church, 914 East Knapp, Milwaukee, for years has served as an icon of worship that celebrates the glory of God while displaying the artistry of man. As part of the Church’s 175th anniversary, on Sunday, March 3, at 1:30 PM, the community is invited to a program that will discuss The Art of St. Paul’s Church.
The program will highlight three artistic features at St. Paul’s:
- St. Paul’s has 46 stained-glass windows including the largest Wisconsin collection of windows created by the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany, who was considered the leading taskmaster of American’s Renaissance. The Church has ten Tiffany windows including the largest ever made, Christ Leaving the Praetorium. Discussing the windows will be glass artist and Corporate Curator Judy Ramazzini and Paul A. Haubrich, PhD, Curator of St. Paul’s windows.
- The Gothic tapestry that graces the morning chapel of St. Paul’s was hung there in 1958. The Flemish tapestry was created by Renaissance weavers in1510. It is of true Gothic design and depicts the betrothal of a member of the family of the Duke of Burgundy whose power and wealth in the 15th century rivaled that of the King of France. In 2012 the tapestry was cleaned and carefully restored. Discussing the tapestry will be Assistant Curator Odile Joassin and Conservator Lauren Chang of the Department of Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Sacred music is a spiritually-centered art form that is designed to fulfill specific functions in a church’s worship services. At St. Paul’s music has always been an integral and engaging part if its mission. The Church’s Music Ministry Director and Organist Timothy Benson will speak to the lively history of music at St. Paul’s and the exciting prospects for its future. Benson, who is also the Assistant Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, has two master’s degrees, one in Orchestral and Choral Conducting from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, and the other in Composition (music) from Cambridge University, King’s College, Cambridge, England.
A question and answer session will follow the three presentations and guest will have the opportunity to meet the speakers at an informal reception. There is no charge for the event.
St. Paul’s Church was founded in 1838, is the oldest Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, precedes the City and Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee and has always been located in downtown area. Throughout 2013 the church will be celebrating its 175th anniversary. Members of its congregation live in the city, as well as in the Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine and Waukesha County suburbs.