From its beginnings in places of worship to its role in modern-day architecture, stained glass has remained a beautiful and skillful art form throughout the centuries. Learn more about the origins and uses of this breathtaking glass art below.
The Origins of Stained Glass in Churches, Synagogues and Temples
Stained glass has a long history of religious use, adorning the windows of temples, churches, and synagogues for over 1,000 years–particularly in Western Europe. Formed in flat panels of glass colored with metallic salts between strips of lead and installed windows and wall art, stained glass in places of worship traditionally depicted famous biblical figures and narratives, as well as patron saints and religious symbolism.
The stained glass seen in these religious structures from the Late Middle Ages still survives to this day, a testament to the masterful techniques used by stained glass artisans in centuries past. Panels of stained glass had to fit tightly into the medieval windows of the time, keep out the elements, and support their own immense weight, after being expertly crafted in an exquisite range of colors and shapes to form pious images. It’s no wonder that stained glass has made such an impression on our society!
The Use of Stained Glass Today and in the Future
Today, stained glass takes no less skill or artistry to complete a beautiful piece of glass art. Stained glass can still be seen in religious buildings, but it has also been adapted for use 3D art and architecture found in universities, capital buildings, commercial buildings, and private homes.
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