Do you have any stained glass in your home? Have you visited old mansions and wondered at the beauty of those windows? Have you been to Europe and marveled at the stained glass in cathedrals? Do you by any chance make stained glass?
As a student, I attended school in France, and I remember ascending the narrow winding stairs up from the main floor of La Sainte Chapelle in Paris (built in about 1248 as a place to house precious Christian relics) and staring in open-mouthed wonder at the glorious stained glass windows soaring upward. The panels of stained glass depict over 1,000 scenes from the Old and New Testaments. It was as if I were standing in the middle of a multi-faceted jewel. I'll never forget it.
How, I wondered, did artisans create such things so long ago?
Why did stained glass become such an important medium during the Middle Ages? Mostly illiterate parishioners might not be able to read the Bible, but they could learn the stories as they were depicted in stained glass illustrations. The Bible teaches that God is light, and the light pouring through those windows called everyone to "look up."
In America, the subject of stained glass will inevitably circle around to the name Tiffany. The work on display at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida, will take your breath away. (Recent novels Tiffany Girl and Clara and Mr. Tiffany highlight the role women had in the Tiffany success story.
Not long ago, I discovered a damaged stained glass
How about you? Have you seen any gorgeous glass lately? Did you realize the process to create stained glass dates back to the Middle Ages?
And here's a more personal question: how should I drape those bottom three casement windows? Colors or white? If colors ... what color? I'm not sure!
In my novel A Garden in Paris, Mary Davis returns to Paris in search of a long lost love. A visit to Notre Dame Cathedral (where visitors revel in the famous rose windows of stained glass) presents a moment of poignant longing and regret. Learn more here: https://www.amazon.com/Garden-Paris-Stephanie-Grace-Whitson-ebook/dp/B06Y1F93VW