Home » Arts and Entertainment

The History of Stained Glass Art Panels

Oct 12, 2007
Stained glass panels have become synonymous with churches as religious murals for windows. But where did the use of artistic colored glass originate?

Stained glass started out as a domestic luxury for wealthy Romans to use in villas and palaces. Not much is known about this era except for a few remains found around Pompeii.

By the tenth century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes became popular in what is now France and Germany. While decorative designs are popular in the area of modern day England. These glass windows were heavily influenced by the earlier Roman style. Designed to let in as much light as possible and usually relatively small with predominantly red and blue glass.

The Gothic period was a high point for these beautiful glass windows and was the catalyst behind the great cathedrals of Europe. Gothic architecture made churches taller and lighter, walls thinned and stained glass panels were used more frequently to fill increasingly larger spaces. The creation of the Rose Window at St Denis Cathedral in France overseen by Abbot Suger was a significant step for the Gothic style. This stained glass panel depicted a more elaborate Biblical narrative bringing the art form to a more artistic level. During the Gothic period stained glass experienced its greatest diversity in design, style, palette, and sentiment. This diversity along with technological advances brought the art to the height of its glory.

During the late Gothic period these glass art windows became more focused on the picture being depicted as opposed to the overall design. Artists began to get recognition and so artists as well as shops signed their work. Glass was being more and more painted to more realistically depict natural colors and to hide the lead lines that were necessary to hold the panel together. Increasingly colorful glass panels became signs of status for the new wealthy merchant class.

At the beginning of the sixteenth century religious unrest played a major toll on the decline and destruction of artistic stained glass. Calvinism and Reformation movements ended production and destroyed many pieces of stained glass art especially in England.

War and purposeful destruction of glass panels set up the rise of Renaissance styles, this was especially ushered in within the new cultural hub of Italy. Stained glass began to emulate art painted on canvas and with these new practices the Gothic period skills became a forgotten art. These panels were not as well received by consumers and thus stained glass panels did not come into vogue again until the ninteenth century.

Louis Comfort Tiffany began to experiment with glass, trying to get varied effects without painting as was done in the Renaissance era. He used his techniques to create jewelry, tiles, stained glass panels, lamps, and other various artistic glass pieces.
About the Author
All-Things_Tiffany is the internet source for Tiffany floor lamps, Tiffany table lamps, stained glass panels, and other Tiffany style products.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 108
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources