If you've read any of my posts lately you'll now know I have a love of glass and this includes stained glass, so that's what we'll be looking at in this article - gorgeous examples of stained glass. Stained glass has been an art form known since the very beginning of the14th century and has barely changed since that time. Ancient and modern, stained glass is gorgeous.
This is a little bit of a cheat because this isn't real stained glass but I wanted to share it with you. If you have a passion for stained glass, you can buy faux glass decals from home and DIY stores.
This reminds me of the work of Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, except he preferred tulips to poppies.
Via art nouveau
How glorious to have a room like this. A wonderful reading area.
Imagine the hours of painstaking work that went into creating all the lead strips for those tiny spaces.
Stained glass panels can be in doors or part of a larger
Imagine the light shining through that blue.
If you see stained glass that has curves and circles, it is more likely to be modern, not antique.
A stunning work of art.
It's fitting that a sunburst is a subject for stained glass.
The term stained glass is applied even when there is no "stain" - the term has come to represent art glass made with lead sections.
The unmistakable style of art deco.
Stained glass is found all around the world.
Stained glass can feature all sorts of pictures and patterns.
Look at the detail on the wings. Impressive, huh?
You can buy panels to hang on your existing windows. Check Etsy, eBay and glass artists' websites.
The ocean is a popular theme in modern stained glass.
Newer techniques have made making curves and circles
Suncatchers are affordable little works of art.
Bring the outdoors in, without getting wet.
This really appeals to the water baby in me.
This gorgeous art nouveau piece would look fabulous in a Victorian house.
Some glass artists paint directly on the glass as well as using stained pieces.
I love the organic form of some modern glass pieces.
Stained glass began as a religious art form and was first used in churches. Most of what follows are examples of church stained glass. Some depict scenes, while others are abstract.
I love the way the beautiful glass stands out in the dilapidation around it.
Banksy brings stained glass bang up to date.
The way stained glass throws light into the church is awesome.
Love this Victorian example.
Those colors are simply amazing.
Many of the world's major churches and cathedrals have a "rose" window.
But I don't imagine that any other has a "space" window and certainly not one that contains an actual piece of moon rock embedded in it.
Sens Cathedral is one of the oldest and largest Gothic churches in France. Interestingly, some of the stained glass windows depict the story of the English Saint Thomas-a-Becket, representing the ties between England and France in the early Middle Ages.
Stained glass features in new churches too.
This is an original window created and signed by Louis Comfort Tiffany - America's greatest glass artist.
The colors are amazing. Such a wonderful palette of reds and pinks.
One of the two archbishoprics of England.
Alphonse Mucha was one of the pre-eminent Bohemian glass artists
It looks more like a mosaic.
I'm going to finish with a few examples by Marc Chagall. Russian/French Chagall worked in many mediums but I adore his stained glass. His works appear in churches all over the world.
Chagall was really fond of blue for his stained glass church windows.
The Hadassah windows in the Abbell Synagogue were a labor of love for Chagall. They picture and represent Jewish history, Judaism and Jewish culture.
The window tells the story of the sons of Jacob from whence came the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
Like every art form, the variety of stained glass is immense. I'm usually drawn to color rather than pattern. Is it something you appreciate?
Please rate this article