Study for "Sealing of the Twelve Tribes" Window
John La Farge modeled these four robed figures with delicate graphite strokes that create subtle silvery tonalities well suited to the ethereal subject matter—a scene from the Bible’s book of Revelation in which an angel places seals on God’s faithful servants to designate them for salvation.
A multitalented artist, La Farge is best known for his stained glass and mural painting. Drawing played a crucial role in such decorative projects, and this sheet was a study for a stained-glass window in Trinity Church in Buffalo, New York.
- Artist: John La Farge, American, 1835-1910
- Medium: Graphite on yellow, translucent, smooth textured wove paper
- Dates: ca. 1889
- Dimensions: Sheet (Irregular): 16 3/8 x 8 in. (41.6 x 20.3 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right in graphite: "J Lafarge"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 13.1063
- Credit Line: Gift of George D. Pratt
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: John La Farge (American, 1835-1910). Study for "Sealing of the Twelve Tribes" Window, ca. 1889. Graphite on yellow, translucent, smooth textured wove paper, Sheet (Irregular): 16 3/8 x 8 in. (41.6 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George D. Pratt, 13.1063
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)