Is stained glass still as relevant and as loved as it once was? Based on the success of the recent exhibition 'Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister' at the Getty Center, combined with the popularity of it’s ‘Painting on Light’ exhibition in 2000, we can safely say that the medium of stained glass is still highly regarded.
While most fine art in a museum or gallery can be intimidating for some, stained glass has an element of craft that makes it feel more accessible. It taps into a part of our psyche as much as it did during the 19th century’s Arts & Crafts Movement, a reaction to the Industrial Revolution where the human spirit seemed to be gobbled up by the mechanization of labor in day to day life.
Now, in the midst of the Digital Revolution so much of our time is spent on screens separating ourselves from a sense of what is real and lasting–the allure of color, light, and the touch of human hand is as strong as ever. Today we continue to look to the fine art of stained g!lass for these things as much as we have for the past one thousand years.
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for part 2 of The Importance of Stained Glass and Why We Enjoy It.