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Sermon on the Mount tapestry

Sermon on the Mount, upshot
Sermon on the Mount, church interior
Sermon on the Mount, detail

By Eliel and Loja Saarinen, 1942

The Sermon on the Mount tapestry was designed by Eliel and Loja Saarinen, woven by Loja Saarinen and a group of weavers at the Cranbrook Academy.

The tapestry depicts 13 colorfully-robed people standing among vines and branches with birds, sheep, and other animals. They gaze up towards Jesus who has many arcs and halos radiating from him.

When it was installed, it was the largest hand-woven tapestry in the United States.

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