September 19, 2017
Unknown Artist, Jesus and the Woman at the Well, c.1920, stained glass. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.
For years this exquisite stained glass window inspired the congregation of the old Presbyterian Church of Astoria in Queens, New York to partake of Christ’s Living Water. As in centuries past, such windows communicated profound teachings in an accessible visual language. This window was acquired prior to the church’s demolition in 2008. Another of the six original windows is placed in the Provo City Center Temple.
The window depicts Christ, the Living Water, sitting upon the ledge of the well, holding a shepherd’s crook in his right hand and gesturing heavenward with his lift. The Samaritan woman, in reverent recognition of His divinity, leans forward to respond, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not…” (John 4:15).
This beautiful piece is currently on display at the BYU MOA in the exhibition To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and Devotion.