Art captures our sense of wonder and the spark of imagination, awakening us to truths about the world and ourselves. Come explore spirituality through the arts at The Riverside Church.
Selected Art at Riverside:
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donated three widely known paintings by Heinrich Hofmann to The Riverside Church, including “Christ and the Rich Young Ruler.” This painting depicts a story from Mark 10:17-22, where a wealthy young man approaches Jesus and asks him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Christ gestures toward an impoverished woman and man and invites the man to sell all he has, give it to the poor, and follow him.
In the Narthex are the only original Renaissance windows in the church. The 16th century Flemish windows are from a church probably threatened or destroyed during the French Revolution. Later the English inscriptions were added. The windows illustrate events, miracles, and parables in the life of Christ.
A Flemish Transitional tapestry of the late 15th or 16th century pictures a religious ceremony in the life of King Clovis the First.
A French Renaissance tapestry of the late 16th or 17th century depicts a feast, probably at the return of the Prodigal Son.
The Trompeta Majestatis was dedicated Palm Sunday, 1978. “Christ in Majesty,” by Sir Jacob Epstein, is the gilded mold for the unique cast at Llandruff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
Our Garth lawn, adjacent to our 91 Claremont Avenue Entrance, features the statue “Madonna with Child” by Sir Jacob Epstein. The sculpture was created, cast in bronze, the result of two year’s work, and first exhibited in America in 1927. In the 1930s, Sally Fortune Ryan, an artist and daughter of one of the richest men in the United States, purchased the sculpture for $7,500 and, years later, donated it to Riverside in 1960.