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Introduction

This chapter considers the three people, Marc Chagall, Cecil Collins and Stanley Spencer, were again distinguished artists. In Christian point of view that figure on the Cross is God himself sharing in the agony of his people during the terrible events of the Nazi period. From Chagall's point of view, in this bold use of Christian imagery for a Jewish theme, we have a symbol of Jewish faithfulness to the Torah even in the midst of utter destruction, a faithfulness which stands for ever, because it is founded on God's word. The viewpoint is so original that the total effect is first of all startling, then strangely attractive, as we give way to Spencer's capacity to see beauty where others fail to do so because of their unthinking adherence to cultural norms of what counts as beauty. After World War II Chagall was much in demand for stained glass in Germany, France, Switzerland, America and Jerusalem.