Wednesday, December 30, 2009

At the Saint Louis University Museum of Art

AN EXHIBIT AT the Saint Louis University Museum of Art commemorates the 125th anniversary of the first Mass at Saint Francis Xavier, the University's grand church.

Saint Louis University Museum of Art, at Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exhibit for 125th anniversary of Saint Francis Xavier Church

The exhibit, located on the third floor of the museum, features contemporary and historical photos of the church, as well as some liturgical vessels from the church.  The exhibition is adjacent to the Collection of the Western Jesuit Missions.

Saint Louis University Museum of Art, at Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exhibit for 125th anniversary of Saint Francis Xavier Church - photograph of the nave of the church by Mark Scott Abeln

Included in the exhibit is my photo of the nave of the church, taken on October 1st 2008.

The bright, yellowish incandescent lighting here is contrasted by the blue ‘transfigured’ light shining through the famed stained glass windows, which were designed by Emil Frei, Sr.

Here is the final image from which the print was made:

Nave of Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, at Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Many thanks to Fr. David Suwalsky, S.J., who selected this photo for the exhibition. The church's anniversary website is here, and special events will continue until October 2010. The museum is now closed for the winter break; click here to find more information.

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