Stained Glass Essay

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History of Stained Glass Unlike the function of the ordinary windows that we know today, which is "to allow a view of the outside and admit light into a building; the purpose of medieval stained-glass windows is not to allow people to see outside, but to beautify buildings, control light, and often times to tell a story” (Herren, n.d.). History offers two accounts of the origin of glass; one from a legend about the accidental discovery of glass by the Phoenician sailors and the second, points to another accidental discovery of glass by the Egyptian or Mesopotamian potters (Stained Glass.org.). Of the two positions, the Egyptian 's origin was found to be more "scientifically reliable” (Stained Glass.org.). Furthermore, the …show more content…
It must be noted, though, that it was Theophilus, a twelfth-century monk who gave us the first detailed description of "stained glass as an art form” (History of Stained Glass, 2013). Stained glass, as an art eventually became popular during the medieval …show more content…
Pseudo-Dionysius held that all light, even light reflected from metals or streamed through windows, was divine (n.d.).

Thus, the "Changes in political and religious beliefs had a profound impact on the development of stained glass, as well as on the survival of the stained glass artwork in churches across Europe” (History of Stained Glass, 2013). Although, it was "During the Medieval period, stained glass window making flourished” (Herren, n.d.), the use of stained-glass windows reached its peak during the Gothic period” (Herren, n.d.).As chronicled in the History of Stained Glass,

The growing popularity of Gothic architecture, with its ability to support large, heavy stained glass designs, helped usher in a new period. Stained glass windows in churches across Europe got bigger, more complex and more majestic in the mid to late Middle Ages. It 's from this period that we see many of the most masterful examples of stained glass in existence today” [source: Metropolitan Museum of Art]”

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