Master Carver Johannes Kirchmayer, 1860-1930: From Germany's Passion Play Village to America's Finest Sanctuaries

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This is a full color collection of photos and desciptions of all the ecclesiastical carvings of Kirchmayer, a German immigrant, whose works are in churches and public buildings across America, in 68 communities. "Contemporaries described John Kirchmayer as the greatest woodcarver since the Middle Ages. F. Shirley Prouty, a descendant, has sought to perpetuate that legacy by documenting every example of Kirchmayer's oeuvre in America. The result is an exhaustive and meticulous study that will be indispensable for any scholar who wishes to investigate and understand ecclesiastical art and architecture in the early decades of the twentieth century." — Richard R. Seidel, Historiographer, Diocese of Chicago (Episcopal)

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From the Foreword: Shirley Prouty, in preparing this biography and its accompanying detailed catalogue and checklist of Kirchmayer's work, adds enormously to our knowledge of this important artist's life and work. Her efforts will be the inevitable starting point for future generations of scholars as they continue to refine our interpretation of Johannes Kirchmayer and his significant role in the history of American art. — Gerald W. R. Ward, The Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Florence Shirley (Powell) Prouty grew up and graduated from high school in Arlington, Massachusetts. She attended Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine, finishing two years in one. Soon after, she married Ernest L. Prouty, and they have now been married for fifty-six years. They moved to Cape Cod, where they raised their family. She is an accomplished seamstress and a quilter, who also enjoys crocheting and knitting. Mrs. Prouty was a past adult advisor with the IORG, a fraternal organization for girls between the ages of eleven and twenty-one. Shirley and Ernest are retired and keep busy sharing hobbies of cooking, sewing, and tracking four parental lines of genealogy. This book is but one aspect of the treasures in their respective families' backgrounds.

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