Trinity Church, Boston - Peacocks.
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Title:Trinity Church, Boston - Peacocks
Notes:Trinity Church, Boston, was completed in 1877. Its architect was H. H. Richardson, and numerous artists and craftspeople contributed to the interior design. In 1971, Trinity was designated a National Historic Landmark for "possessing "exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States." The peacock has a long history in Roman and Christian tradition. This low-relief sculpture panel in a chapel area of Trinity Church, Boston, shows a pair of peacocks among fruit, vines, and branches. The pair of peacocks, symmetrically opposite, are drinking from the fruit of the vine, the source of eternal life. This eucharistic gesture gave meaning throughout its use in Christian history, since the peacock was considered a symbol of the divine, incorruptible and Christ-like in that purity. Salvation, resurrection, and immortality are meanings assigned to the peacock. Peacocks are not mentioned in the Bible specifically by name, but their popularity in pre-Christian symbolism, especially in Roman mosaics, gave rise to their adoption by the early Christians.

Donated by Anne Richardson, Nashville, TN.

Building:Trinity Church (Boston, Mass.)
Country:United States

Lectionary links:BEast05
General Subject:Peacock

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Copyright Source:Image donated by Jim Womack and Anne Richardson
Copyright Permission:Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0
Attribution:Trinity Church, Boston - Peacocks, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 24, 2024]. Original source: Image donated by Jim Womack and Anne Richardson.
Record Number:51495 Last Updated: 2022-06-19 16:21:11 Record Created: 2007-06-01 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition