32. St. Peter and Paul Church, East Harling, East window, Virgin
in Glory, 1480.
The eye’s journey through the scenes of the window culminates in
the brilliant adoration of the Blessed Virgin: the ideal mother.
In essence, the mother always has the last word. Standing in the
center with a gold crown hovering above her halo, Mary exudes a radiance
that seeps from her every pore. The angels surround the mother who
is revered in all her glory before her Assumption into Heaven. Although
Anne Harling never had the experience of motherhood, the understanding
of the incomparable bond between mother and child is vividly depicted in
the scenes of the East Window. The journey of the Virgin and Christ
is an accurate portrayal of the love of a mother and child.