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Virtual Tours of Famous Church Murals

13 Mar 2014

Posted by Bob Egan

If you're a fan of church history, you're sure to enjoy some of the most famous church paintings in history.

Tour the Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

Arguably the most recognized and famous of church paintings is Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. The iconic images depicted in this historic Catholic church are included among the Vatican's most treasured possessions.

With the marvel of modern technology, you no longer need to save for a once in a lifetime trip to the Vatican to see these wondrous paintings. The Vatican has now made these art treasures available all over the world with a Virtual Tour, available on the official Vatican website. With a few clicks, you can experience the Sistine Chapel in 3D as you tour the murals at your leisure.

Italy and the Vatican in particular are overflowing with examples of classic religious paintings. St. Peter's Basilica is also well known for its religious statues such as the “ Pieta” and “ David” and other examples of religious artwork from famed artist Michelangelo. You can take a virtual tour of the Basilica online.

Frescoes discovered in Catacombs of Priscilla of Rome have recently been featured in news articles when some used the images depicted in the paintings as proof that early Christians allowed female priests to minister to the masses. The Vatican, however, has officially stated these images as fairy tale women priests. You can view the images yourself as featured in UK news articles.

St. Nicholas Parish Croatian Religious Painting

Sistine Chapel

The beautiful paintings at St. Nicholas Parish in Pittsburgh, PA are another classic example of the ability to view breathtaking religious painting from the comfort of your home. The paintings depict religious scenes from Croatia painted on the parish's walls.

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York is also a goldmine of artistic religious expression. While most who have visited this site recommend visiting the cathedral in person, you can view pictures submitted by other tourists online from Yelp.

The Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT is a popular tourist destination as well. This beautiful example of religious architecture is a testament of how stained glass windows and carvings can combine to create an elegant and reverent environment for worship.

The Cathedral and Museum of Religious Art of Lima, Peru is featured online as a center of religious artwork. With relief carvings, religious statues, murals, and decorative pillars, this building is chock full of religious scenes.

And if you still haven't gotten your fill of religious artwork, there is delightful Web Gallery of Art available to view online. Here, you can take a guided tour, purchase prints of the artwork, or order your very own oil painting to feature in your own sanctuary.

Religious art is a deeply rooted part of our history and our future. To keep your church's paintings and religious statues in pristine condition, call Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations for a free consultation, (800) 440-1202.

Many Stained Glass Church Windows Need Historic Restoration

09 Dec 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Stained Glass windows in churches and places of worship are a beautiful part of the design and the décor. However, over time, they can deteriorate and the window frames begin to rot.

Years ago, a lexan protective layer was installed over the outside of the window for protective purposes. However, over the course of time that lexan yellows and traps moisture in between it and the stained glass window.

This moisture causes the lead in the windows to rust or oxidize. Additionally the moisture causes the wooden frames to rot. These windows are extremely heavy and the deteriorating wood and lead can cause the windows to break and fall apart.
As the stained glass windows deteriorate they allow for quite a bit of energy loss. Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations does historic restorations on stained glass windows. Through our stained glass restoration process, we can repair the lead in the window, and repair or replace the wood where necessary. If the frame needs to be replaced, we can replace the frame with mahogany or aluminum, which creates a passive solar frame, which is excellent for cutting down on energy bills.

Contact Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations for more  information on historic restoration of stained glass windows and stained glass window repair.

Stained Glass Window Restored at Staten Island Church

01 Dec 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

A stained glass window to the past was painstakingly restored by Egan's Church Furnishings and Restoration and reinstalled at Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. Church, Staten Island, just in time for the parish’s 90th anniversary mass last Sunday.

The stained glass church window, which is about 22 feet high and about 12 feet wide, depicts Our Lady Queen of Peace as the main figure surrounded by other saints. It is thought to be as old as the parish.

The main problem was that the wooden frame of the stained glass window was rotted, rendering it unable to securely hold the weight of the window. The glass pieces alone weighed up to 800 pounds.

The window had to be taken apart and then reassembled in what was described as “an incredible jigsaw puzzle” by Robert Egan of Egan Church Furnishings in Shrewsbury, MA. Each piece of glass was cleaned, repaired if needed, releaded and then encased in an aluminum frame at Bovard Studio in Fairfield, Iowa.

Egan’s engineers did a detailed study of the original wooden frame to copy its shape exactly with the new aluminum frame, which won’t rust or deteriorate, but looks beautiful. Now, if window repairs need to be made in the future, the new frame is a simple track that can be snapped out, the glass can be removed and the channel snapped back in place. The patented frame is touted as the only one for stained glass that vents to the inside of the church, a major energy saving feature. One of the reasons Our Lady Queen of Peace chose Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations for the job.

Parishioners celebrated the return of the window, and kicked off the church’s year-long anniversary festivities with a mass officiated by the Rev. Pancrose Kalist, pastor, and his brother, Bishop Francis Kalist of Meerut, India. They left on Monday for a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The theme of the event was “Reflect & Renew,” and the church, which holds about 400 people, was standing room only for the mass, followed by a reception.

The year-long celebration will culminate with a dinner planned for Oct. 14, 2012, at the Excelsior Grand, Staten Island.

For information on Stained Glass Windows whether you are repairing existing ones or need new ones designed for your place of worship, contact Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations.

Original Article - Maura Grunlund- Staten Island Advance

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