Eleven years ago, wispy, gentle Marc Chagall received a tribute until then reserved for only Picasso, Braque and Matisse: a room of his own in Paris' National Museum of Modern Art. Now, at 72, the Russian-born laborer's son who first dreamed of being a cantor, then a poet and finally a painter has fused all three visions in what may well rank as his supreme achievement: twelve 11-ft. by 8-ft. stained-glass windows that symbolize in luminous colors and phantasmagorical shapes the twelve tribes of Israel.

The windows, commissioned two years ago by the U.S. Jewish women's charitable organization, Hadassah, for the new...

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