Inside the Heinz Memorial Chapel of the University of Pittsburgh, where my daughter Clara just graduated, I was astonished to look up at a stained-glass window and find Anne Hutchinson. She is dressed in blue, with white coif and collar, standing before a man and three women, teaching. Her right hand is raised, one finger pointing toward the heavens. To the left of her hand is the Holy Spirit.
The transept windows of the nondenominational chapel portray figures both sacred and secular that represent tolerance, courage, temperance, and truth. The figures include Florence Nightingale, Pocahontas, Lewis and Clark, Abigail Adams, Beethoven, Leonardo da Vinci, Mary Magdalene, Abraham Lincoln, Emily Dickinson, Saint Francis, Benjamin Franklin, and Leif Ericsson.
6/9/2016 11:39:43 am
This is a great picture of a great woman – Anne Hutchinson. Here are depicted her best qualities. This stained glass perfectly reflects her stance.
We can see the most significant figures on the stained glass window. Their image in this place shows their important role in the development of the country.
2/7/2018 06:14:40 am
It looks wonderful. And it's really rare, because it shows the scene of studying, not just praying. I really love watching at stained-glass windows in churches. Even though I'm not a religious person, I find something magical and spiritual in them. When the sun goes thru such windows, it's like real magic
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Eve LaPlante is the author, most recently, of the biography Marmee & Louisa and the editor of My Heart Is Boundless.