Stained Glass Window, by Delia Whitbread

Reality and light exist,
But neither death nor darkness.
All of us are on the seashore now
And I am one of those who haul in the nets
When a shoal of Immortality comes in...

From Life, Life by Arseniy Tarkovsky

The Russian film director, Andrei Tarkovsky, was born in 1932. His films were internationally acclaimed for their poetic and prophetic power. This memorial window uses imagery common to Tarkovsky's work - trees and water, fire and icons. It was largely inspired by the final scene of The Sacrifice; the last film that Tarkovsky made before his death from cancer in December 1986. Also incorporated are extracts from the poetry of his father, Arseniy Tarkovsky, in Russian and English translation. The verse in the lower panels is from Life, Life and the Russian text in the tree translates as "But there has to be more." The icon of The Holy Trinity is by the fifteenth century Russian painter Andrei Rublov who was the subject of Tarkovsky's most famous film. The names of this and the other films he made in his tragically short working life are recorded in the seven red flowers in the branches of the tree.

This piece was originally designed for the Museum of the Moving Image London and was on loan to the Museum until 1999. It measures 150 cm x 150 cm and needs a permanent home. The window is for sale at $30,000, or nearest offer.

The artist, Delia Whitbread is a stained glass designer and maker in the UK. She works as a lecturer in London and is current undertaking a Ph.D. at the University of Sunderland. More information can be found about her work on


Poetry translated by Kitty Hunter-Blair from Sculpting in Time, by Andrei Tarkovsky, The Bodley Head, London 1986.

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