Worcester Cathedral‘s Millennium Window is a unique and meaningful work of art. The window derives its distinctive artistic character and technique from contemporary British artist Mark Cazalet, who completed the window in 2000. From a religious standpoint, the window’s significant comes from its depiction of various people with some connection to the cathedral who led “an inspired Christian life.”
For example, the etched and engraved glass panel at the bottom center depicts a man with a quill beneath winged musicians. This panel is of Richard Baxter composing “Ye Holy Angels Bright” while in prison. Our tour guide pointed out a few of the window’s subjects, including World War I soldiers recognizable by their Brodie helmets (in the pane to the left of Richard Baxter). Unfortunately, I did not find out who most of the other panels represent.
Although knowing the story behind each depiction could enlighten the viewer as to what the window panes represent, similar to the stained glass windows inside the cathedral, one does not need to know in order to appreciate. If you happen to visit Worcester Cathedral, do have a look at this unique work of art in the cloisters.