AN ILLUMINATING ART

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I traveled through the centuries on my recent visit to the UK’s only Stained Glass Museum, located in Ely Cathedral. Over 1,000 examples of stained glass windows are held in their collection dating back to the 14th Century, although the craft is thought to have originated in the late 600s.

All topics are explored from the religious to everyday life, from science to farming, from nature to portraiture. The techniques vary enormously as new skills were introduced over time and the differences will be evident in the photos.  The concepts and trends changed dramatically during the centuries.

The introductory window above is a contemporary design entitled Inner Space (1979). This blended art and science and is an interpretation of electron photomighraph of hydra tissue (micro-organism). It illustrates many various techniques of modern design including texturing, acid-etching, tracing as well as traditional leading.

These three traditional -style windows are 600 years apart in age but look as striking and vibrant as ever. Furthest left is Geometric Grisaille (1200-1250s) which is a design expressing the simplicity of the Cistercian monastic ideal and aided the meditation for the monks. The middle panel, The Dawning of the Last Day (1871), is unusual in that it was designed by a clergyman in memory of his father and noticeably moved away from the Gothic Revival towards original motifs. The last of three, The Good Shepherd (1867), uniquely weaves together a painterly style of the figure with the gothic revival surrounds of the rich foliage.

The influence of the Arts and Crafts movement is evident in the window furthest left. Fathers of the Church (1904) depicts St. Augustine, Venerable Bede and St. Cuthbert. The next two windows were commissioned as part of the revival and popularity of stained glass windows in the 1800s and there was a push to return to the ‘True Principle’ of Gothic style windows. The Dance of Solomon (1856), formerly within Ely cathedral, is a lively panel, and one of four depicting St John the Baptist’s life, and martyrdom. The Arms of Queen Margaret of Anjou (c.1840) was designed by a heraldic scholar to blend the arms of 15-year-old Margaret who married Henry VI.

The Typography Panel (c.1930) was most likely a sampler created to demonstrate letter writing on glass, and the use of painted cross-hatching is clearly evident. To the right, this fish experimental piece (1950s) makes effective use of flashed glass and acid-etching within its two layers (to add depth) of pink and blue glass.

Angels are the common factor for these first two windows. Inspired by William Morris and his circle who hoped to rescue the decorative arts from commercialisation and industrial methods of production, the first window is one of two entitled Angel Musicians (1910-1912). It was influenced by famous late 19th-century designers when angel figures were typical of the Italianate style. The centre panel was created 400 years earlier and the Angel Musician (1440-80) shows a unique style of painting particular to the Norfolk area in the UK, which through its riches of the woollen trade produced the majority of stained glass windows at the time. The Annunciation of the Virgin (c.1340) is the oldest of the three panels and created in an era of illiteracy when religious education involved painted windows. It is the finest example of English glass painting of the ‘Decorated’ Gothic style.

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Roundels have existed as a form of stained glass windows since their inception. The most modern is self-explanatory entitled Five Victorian Studios (1987). The opulent roundel of gold shows The Suicide of Charondas of Catanea (c.1530) and establishes the theme of justice as he broke his own laws and thereafter committed suicide. It was most likely produced in the Netherlands which was famous for its thousand or so small and exquisite roundels. The last of the three windows heralds from a church in Burgandy, northern France. St. Vincent on the Gridiron (c.1225-50) is part of a narrative by Gothic glass painters and depicts St. Vincent’s suffering for his faith as he is roasted on a gridiron.

These final three windows are from the very early days of stained glass window design. The central panel, Peasant Figure (c.1340-49), was once part of a large and important window in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral and at one stage it would have been richly decorated. It is highly unusual for the mere figure of a peasant to be depicted in a glass window. Also rarely created were windows for patrons, which is the case of Donors of William and Matilda Cele (1350-1400) who ensured the survival of their name and contribution for 700 years and onwards. The bird in Bird Quarry is slightly older and produced in the 15th-century. These simple diamond shaped quarries were made in their thousands using white glass, glass painting and silver stain. They often depicted animals with amusing human motifs; here the robin is shown carrying a rosary.

Along one wall of the exhibition, there were mock-up models of stained glass studios showing the various stages of creating a window and some of these are pictured below.

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All photos ©Annika Perry

Credit for post title to The Stained Glass Museum guide which uses this as a chapter heading.

151 thoughts on “AN ILLUMINATING ART

    • Annika Perry says:

      Teagan, they were a wonder to view and so brilliantly displayed … quite an art in itself, I imagine. The thought, time and dedication to their creation is incredible and you’re right, the detail is astonishing. Especially considering most people would never have seen them as close as we did at the museum. Hugs xxx

  1. Janice says:

    Thank you for this beautiful taste of your museum tour. I checked to see if there is anything similar in Canada…there’s a clay and glass museum in Waterloo which isn’t very close so your virtual tour will have to suffice for now 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Janice, I think these kind of museums are quite rare and this is the only one of its kind in the UK. It is not widely known about and I only found it by a fluke a couple of years ago. Luckily we don’t live too far away. The clay and glass museum could be interesting but not so good if far away. I am so glad you could visit the stained glass museum virtually!!

  2. Aquileana says:

    A most excellent post, dear Annika… stunning depictions.
    The one based on William Morris really stands out . I could see some similarities with Tarot cards from the Major Arcana (Rider Waite deck), particularly with the Temparance and Judgement cards. Thank you!. Love & best wishes ❤

    • Annika Perry says:

      Aqui, your comment sent me over to your latest post (which I remember very well from my first time of reading it!) and I see what you mean about there being some similarities with those tarot cards. Personally, I prefer this window though…it is stunning, as are they all! Thank you so much for your comment and hope you’re having a great week! Hugs xxx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Tanya, I’m so happy too that this museum exists … it started out as a collection, was housed in a much smaller area before relocating here. Even now there was scaffolding up as they were renovating a section. I must say that it is not very well advertised … the first time I went there was by accident as I chickened out of climbing all the stairs to the outside of the tower and the museum visit was offered as an option – I hadn’t noticed it before then even though we’d looked all around the cathedral! A delight to share here and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of looking at the windows! Xx

  3. Lynz Real Cooking says:

    Its so interesting that there were so many themes represented in these windows! I was surprised at the dates and that this dated so far back. So nice to share this with us! I doubt I would ever have the chance to visit any place like this! Thanks

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lynn, I’m smiling at your lovely comment and at your mention of themes. My original intention was to define the whole post by the various themes … it didn’t quite work out like that but I managed to keep to it a bit … I’m so happy that stood out. I know, the age of some is amazing and I just kept reminding myself I was looking at something made six hundred years ago … It’s been a delight to share my visit here and give you a chance to experience this virtually. Xx

  4. Baydreamer says:

    Illuminating and stunning art, indeed, Annika! I can only imagine how awe-inspiring your trip was to see these gorgeous windows and read their history. Thanks for taking us with you and sharing not only the beauty, but also the education.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lauren, it was a wonderful visit to the museum and it has stayed with me since. I’m so glad you enjoy the beauty of the windows and the snippets of information…I learnt so much and it was tricky trying to limit the detail about each window and techniques etc. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! 😀🌺

  5. Norma says:

    Stained glass windows have always fascinated me. They look marvelous.
    Thanks so much Annika for sharing this informative post and wonderful pictures of your trip. 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Norma, I too have always loved stained glass windows and drawn to them in churches and cathedrals … it was great to learn a bit more about them and see the development of them over the centuries! A pleasure to share some of the vast information gleaned and a handful of the windows viewed! Thank you so much for your comment.

  6. Miss Gentileschi says:

    Wow! These are just stunningly beautiful examples of stained glass windows! An illuminating art indeed – on so many different levels.
    I simply adore William Morris and his wonderful oeuvre – he was such an incredibly talented and versatile artist, I think he would have also perfectly fit into the Renaissance. Brilliant post, Annika! Thank you for sharing this lovely museum visit, and how awesome that photographs were allowed! 😄 xxx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Sarah, thank you so much for your great comment. I feel you would adore this museum and being so knowledgeable about art bring more perspective to the stained glass window art and eras! I only knew a little about William Morris but enough to recognise his influence. Oh yes, I love the idea of illuminating art … on so many levels! My mind was spinning from information overload, and tricky to cut this down to a few sentences. One of my worries was that photography would not be allowed so you can imagine my relief when there were no signs to the contrary and I happily clicked away! Sarah, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post so much. Hugs xxx

  7. Julie Holmes, author says:

    This is so interesting! I didn’t realize stained glass has been around for so long. The difference in styles and motifs through the ages is like looking at paintings and how the styles changed. I remember seeing a PBS (public television) program where they talked about how they make the colors, and showed what it takes to make a stained glass window. It was facinating. Thank you for taking us with you on this tour 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Julie, I wish I could see that TV program! Luckily the museum had a little video beforehand showing some production techniques and explanation which helps a lot. I know, the art of them goes back so far and I would never have imagined into the 7th-century. It’s just incredible when you stop to think about it. The styles both changed a lot but also surprised me by how some older ones looked modern and then vice versa! I did wonder if the older ones took longer over their creations, more people worked on them. Thank you for joining the tour – I like being a virtual tour guide! It would be far to scary in real life! Xx

  8. dgkaye says:

    Gorgeous stained glass photos Annika. I’m most amazed by the ancient pieces, amazing how they must have put those together centuries ago. Great history lessons here today. 🙂 x

    • Annika Perry says:

      Debby, I’m so glad you enjoyed this history lesson!! 😀 I didn’t want to be too turgid and over academic…there was so much information which I had to minimise and still make comprehensible. The stained glass windows were amazing and I couldn’t believe the complete and vibrant colours of some century old ones. Stunning. Great craftsmanship and care and devotion.

  9. Book Club Mom says:

    Super interesting, Annika! These stained glass windows are really beautiful – all different from different times. It’s amazing to me that the ones from so long ago are in such great shape. Thanks for posting!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Barb, some of the oldest windows nearly looked new; I was staggered and had to read the labels again! Also the design was at times so modern. Beauty from all the eras and wonderful to view and share here. Many thanks!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much!! As you can imagine I had SO many photos from my visit -I had to be ruthless. As soon as I saw Inner Space I knew I had my opening photo and it was then a matter of choosing the rest and grouping in an interesting, non-sequential, order!

  10. Mae Clair says:

    I had no idea stained glass dated back so far. The history was as intriguing as these beautiful images.There is something inherently soothing about stained glass, maybe because I tend to associate it with churches and chapels. They’re all beautiful, but I especially love “The Good Shepherd.”

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mae, thank you so much for your wonderful and thoughtful comment! You pick up on the soothing quality of stained glass windows and I think you are right, that they are usually associated with the peace of places of worship. Also, there is just a certain aura and allure to them, I feel. Ahh…’The Good Shepherd’ has a lovely sense of serenity and at one with nature and oneself. There are not many works left by this designer, C E Clutterbuck, as the glass was often inadequately fired. He started his career painting miniatures and I wonder if his eye for detail and expression isn’t a strong element of this window.

  11. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Outstanding artistry! There’s always something majestic about stained glass or windows that makes me stop and stare. Thank you for sharing, Annika.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Khaya, I know!! Outstanding it the word and this is one museum I will happily return, never tire of and see new elements in the window each time. First, we had the treat of the stained glass windows in the museum, then the opportunity to view many close up in the museum. A good day!

  12. roughwighting says:

    I have always found staring at stained glass a beautiful way to meditate. If I had my way, and money, I would have stained glass windows all throughout my house! Stained glass artistry is a magnificent way to express emotion, truth, and beauty. I can still see in my mind’s eye the stained glass window of the church that I attended with my parents as a child. Although I no longer practice that religion, the stained glass stays within me as a prayer. Thank you for this beautiful beautiful and educational post, Annika. So well done!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Pam, I’m with you there on stained glass windows in the home! Or at least one and if you have a chance a couple of people here have exactly that – one or two stained glass windows and they look so beautiful!! Through another comment, I’ve found it’s possible to have stained glass effect windows manufactured at relatively good prices…

      Your sense of calm and serenity as you write of the stained glass window from the church as young is palpable and I am happy that it has stayed with you. They are wonderful works of art requiring such skilled craftsmanship and yes, they ‘express emotion, truth, and beauty’. The whole visit was an inspiring and moving day.

      Thank you so much for you lovely, reflective comment, Pam. Hope you’re having a fantastic break. hugs xxx

      • roughwighting says:

        A friend of mine had her house redone a few years ago. She included a huge bathtub in their renovated bathroom… and a stained glass window placed across from the tub. How wonderful is that?!
        At home, it’s 24 degrees, 14 degrees F with the wind chill factor. Here, it’s 75 degrees and sunny. Am I having a good break? You betcha! 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jacqui, your comment sent me on a quick scout on google. Instinctively I wanted to say no, it surely can’t be done by machine. But hey ho! It can indeed and at a fraction of the cost – although not true stained glass window it looks very good. One site says:

      ‘STAINED GLASS RESIN AND MACHINERY
      Resin stained glass simulates traditional stained glass at a fraction of the cost and vastly less labour intensive. The resins to create stained glass can also be placed onto wood, acrylic, perspex, aluminium, ceramic and stainless steel.’

      Maybe you can have your window manufactured in stained glass effect after all!! Do let me know and good luck!

  13. Andrea Stephenson says:

    Gorgeous Annika – I do tend to think of more traditional church windows when I think of stained glass, but of course there are so many beautiful variations, colours and designs – thanks for sharing these and your trip to Ely.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Andrea and it has been a pleasure to share here! I agree that the majority of stained glass windows are found in churches but was pleasantly surprised how many original and varied designs there are and have been created over the centuries. It’s truly inspiring!

  14. Davy D says:

    Great post and pictures Annika. Most thought associated with stain glass windows link it to church and religion. It is good to see the art form represented in other ways. The Inner Space window is stunning.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Davy, I think most of us associate stained glass windows with the religious motifs and settings so it is a lovely surprise to learn of its other representations. I knew of some modern interpretations but not so many and also surprising variety all those centuries ago.Oh, the Inner Space is absolutely amazing and I just didn’t want to move away from it! I knew then that this was my start to the post!

  15. balroop2013 says:

    Your ‘travel through the centuries’ and taking us along is a wonderful idea to share Annika. I love these fantastic pictures; designs and vibrant colors… can’t take my eyes off them…thinking how many hours the artist must have poured into each piece, making it so memorable that centuries after, their silent work is speaking in a thousand words!
    What a lovely place to visit and record so many details. Thank you for sharing such an amazing post and stunning glass window images. They leave a craving in the heart to visit this museum. Love and hugs.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Balroop, thank you so much for your insightful reflections. Your reaction mirrors mine on the day of the visit…I was drawn back to so many of these creations, didn’t want to leave their beauty. Yes, what were their stories, the devotion and skill is phenomenal and absolutely amazing that they are still here hundreds of years later,delighting, touching so many people. As you write with wonderful eloquence: ‘their silent work is speaking in a thousand words!’ Balroop, I sense your longing to see these for real and do hope you will have the opportunity one day. Xxx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Bette, it has been a wonderful delight to share here…I’ve learnt so much through the visit and writing the post! Thank you so much for reading and your lovely comment! ❤️🌻

  16. D. Wallace Peach says:

    Wow. How beautiful, Annika. Thanks for sharing all the images along with their histories. It’s interesting to me how the talent and vision of each individual artist comes through so vividly, more so than the era of production. My favorite of these is The Dawning of the Last Day. How gorgeous is that?! Thanks for the tour. It looks like a place I’d like to visit someday in the future. 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Diana, how true that the artist and their individuality shine through in the windows! I too was surprised that the eras were not more definitive of the looks of some of these and a few I imagined early 20th-century were actually hundreds of years old! Startlingly fresh and vibrant. Oh, the Dawning of the Last Day was absolutely incredible and one I was drawn back through my visit. It was like an uplifting beacon, shining out…enrapturing! These windows were big enough to have to look slightly up at them, so even more of an effect to view. I so hope you have a chance to visit some day! 😀🌺

      • D. Wallace Peach says:

        I’m fortunate that when I bought my house it had some old stained glass in it. Nothing so amazing to end up in a museum, but I love it when the sun shines through. Wonderful post, Annika. 🙂

  17. Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    What a gorgeous way to start the day. Thank you, Annika, for so much time devoted to preparing the commentary accompanying the images. As excellent as your posts have been, you’ve made me long to visit Ely and see everything for myself. That’s the power of a really great blog – to compel readers to participate for themselves.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Shari, thank you so much for your wonderful comment…reading yours and others comments here brings me such joy and it’s been a delight and pleasure to share the museum and its exhibits. I’m so happy that you are now drawn to visit Ely and see all it has to offer. Yeah! That would be brilliant if you got a chance. It is so hard to do the cathedral and museum full justice and always best to see in real life. Thank you for your words about the preparation of the post … I think it took more effort than any before. At one stage I was almost tearing my hair out. First to achieve an interesting layout for the pictures, whilst keeping clear notes which ones they were, then writing up briefly about them when there was so much I could have said! Got there in the end but with lots of pacing up and down in between the writing! Hugs xxxx

  18. smilecalm says:

    i’m happy to experience the fruits
    of your travel and see these stained glass
    works of art, Annika!
    dwelling on the skill, patience,
    creativity & devotion involved. 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      David, exactly what I dwelled on as I wandered around, admiring them all, inspired by the craftsmanship, skill and devotion. That some survive 600 years later is a testament to the quality of their work! So happy to have you visiting here today.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Clare, I hope you get a chance to visit soon again … I’d been once a few years ago and it was even more wonderful than I recalled. Also there was a new beautiful guide which proved a big help in putting this together!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Iris, I was concerned about the written part of the post becoming turgid and too academic – so glad you enjoyed the information alongside the amazing windows! 😀

  19. Anonymous says:

    What colours to start a post with! Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing this. It’s so interesting to learn about the history of stained glass – and I never realised the that this can be traced back to the 7th century. I wonder who had the initial idea to try this – genius but it could not have been easy way back then. My favourite here is the Geometric Grisaille – so simple and yet so effective.
    I have only been to Ely Cathedral once, quite some time ago. I didn’t see the Stained Glass Museum (in fact it might not even have been there then), but after this and your previous post I intend to go again soon (it’s only about an hour away) and see this all for myself.

    Thanks Again.

    Mike

    ,

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mike, I too was astonished how far back the history of stained glass windows could be traced. As for why it started we will never know for sure, but people have a drive for beauty and art in all its forms over the centuries! The simplicity of Geometric Grisaille is breathtaking and also amazing how old this is – it wouldn’t look out of place in a museum of modern art! 😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      Denzil, I bought a tiny stained glass ornament for my window which didn’t cost a lot! But I reckon you don’t mean those?! I have no idea what a full-sized glass window would cost but seeing the craft, time and skill that goes into them, they would not be cheap. I am impressed with some here who have made there own … would you be tempted to try? 😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you, Carrie!! 😀 The delight of the digital world is the ease of armchair travel! I’m so glad you had a chance to enjoy on your Sunday morning … it was a pleasure to share. Xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Divya, I’m so happy you enjoyed the post … there is something uniquely enchanting and entrancing about stained glass windows and I hoped to capture just a bit of that here! 😀

  20. Sue Dreamwalker says:

    I loved your post Annika.. I gravitate often, especially when I used to travel abroad to the magnificent churches and cathedrals to see the wonderful stain glass windows.
    Your narration of the history and the images here are just stunning..
    The craft work and artistry that goes into these windows is astounding..
    Loved the views of the models making the windows too..

    Just a beautiful place to visit.. 🙂 Thank you for sharing it.. ❤

    • Annika Perry says:

      Wow! Sue, thank you so much for your terrific comment. I love how you too gravitate towards the stained glass windows in churches and cathedrals- they have always drawn me in. There is something so harmonious about them, creative, telling a story. The colours a feast. For many years my all time favourite stained glass window was in St Giles in Edinburgh… my friends would just leave me there to contemplate as they went shopping! The craft, skill, devotion and love taken to create these window is awe-inspiring and it’s been a joy to relate just a little from the museum here. So happy you enjoyed the post so much, Sue! Xxxx

  21. maryannniemczura says:

    Your tour and explanations were so informative. My favorite is the modern one at the beginning of your post. I wish I had that to hang some place in my house. How grand to have entry doors with such examples of stained glass. I have never been to such a museum but have seen examples in museums and churches. Tiffany glass, for example, comes to mind. Eye candy as I call it can be so tempting to the creative spirit. My eye candy can be the lake and walks I take there or the snowy landscape. Nature provides us such beauty. Thank you for such a lovely visit and tour. We are off to the opera this afternoon. La Traviata with the Syracuse Opera Company. Enjoy your Sunday, Annika. http://www.syracuseopera.org/season/la-traviata

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mary Ann, the first window is one of my favourites too, incredibly striking and an ingenious way to show the art within our bodies! It would be amazing to have some of these windows in a house, as it was I bought a little stained glass ornament to hang in my window…it makes me smile! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour and information…there was so much to say so it was tricky condensing it to the merest of detail. Ahh…Tiffany glass is wonderful as is all glass ware design. A Swedish design, Kosta Boda, is one of my favourites..but they are now expensive! Alas! I hope you had a great time at the opera …. I first thought you were singing in this one. Wishing you a lovely rest of the week! 😀🌺

      • maryannniemczura says:

        Oh, how I laughed when you mentioned me singing in an opera. While I love opera, it would take years of training to achieve that level. Meanwhile I love my classical music. I looked up Kosta Boda to get a feel for the work. Love the shapes and colors. The opera received excellent reviews. We are fortunate to have such talent in our area. My voice coach’s student sang a lead tenor part. Our choir is having music-themed baskets for a raffle, and I found the neatest ones online: old rock and roll records formed into baskets. Fill with gift cards, tickets, tea, snacks, etc. My brain is with Mozart these days which is why I write such a post. Maybe you can see this image of the “baskets.” https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71JpndmAFQL._SX757_.jpg

    • Annika Perry says:

      Bernadette, my spirits were beyond soaring whilst viewing the windows, such beauty, all wonderfully displayed! I love how the museum is housed in the actual cathedral … perfect symmetry. Hugs xxxx

  22. jena c. henry says:

    Wonderful! I’m so glad that these lovely pieces have been collected and curated. Thank you for the detailed presentation. Question- how are they displayed? Are there panels of windows that are set up? They are not all installed in the Cathedral are they? Thanks

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jena, that is a good question! Although a few were once displayed in the cathedral, all the stained glass windows are specially mounted onto sealed individual panels which are back-lit! Ingenious. Far enough apart so they do not disturb each other, but close so it’s possible to view the next few. The museum followed the development of the craft through the centuries, with larger plaques displaying relevant information. I’m so glad you liked my presentation – this was one of the trickiest posts to write up and I didn’t want to be linear on time for the information.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Dina, I hope you get a chance to visit Ely soon … I would love to see your photos afterwards … you always manage to bring out the unusual, striking! I’m so glad you liked mine and the post. The history and information of the windows was brilliantly conveyed and not at all overwhelming or pedestrian. Are you back from your travels yet? Wishing you a lovely week! 😀❤️

  23. Jill Weatherholt says:

    On this dreary, rainy morning, what a beautiful pop of color your post was, Annika. Thank you for sharing this history with us. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been fascinated by stained glass. Happy Sunday! ❤

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jill, ditto with being interested about stained glass windows and this museum was a dream come true! I’m am so happy if this could brighten a grey rainy day for you…that warms my heart. It was fun to learn about this art through the ages! Hugs ❤️ Xxx

  24. apencilisbest says:

    Thank you for this. The opening image is stunningly beautiful – such large blocks of intense colour. The seemingly abstract design is far removed from the traditional stained glass window. Not that I don’t enjoy those as well. 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      The variation of windows is astonishing and contributes to the huge success and effectiveness of the museum, I feel. Inner Space was incredible to see in real life! Stained glass definitely lends itself to abstract windows!

  25. Miriam says:

    What a fascinating history of stained glass Annika. Your photos are magnificent and bring to life an art that is so intricate, vibrant and mesmerising. We have a couple of stain glass windows in our home. One is a large octagonal window that my mother in law and husband created a number of years ago, of two kookaburras sitting on a branch. It’s beautiful but pales in comparison to these. Thank you for sharing the beauty. xo

  26. watchingthedaisies says:

    Wow! I was enchanted from the beginning with Inner Space. Absolutely stunning Annika.
    I would soo love to visit. It would be hard to choose an absolute favourite but The Annunciation of the Virgin, Geometric Grisaille, The Typography Panel and the experimental fish all do it for me.
    I once made a small stained glass panel of the hills behind my home in Scotland. Unfortunately it was damaged on the journey to my new home in Ireland. 😑

    • Annika Perry says:

      Brigid, you name so many of my favourites too here … the variation is outstanding! Inner Space was stunning and one I’d didn’t want to move away from. Wow, I am so impressed you made a stained glass window (you’ll know quite a bit of the techniques) and how special to make one of the hills in Scotland,a lovely idea. I’m sad it was damaged during your move.

  27. delphini510 says:

    Annika, this is such a glorious post ! I kept looking and reading and left for a while,
    quite overwhelmed.
    The first window took me in and I just sat looking and feeling it, then read it was called
    ” Inner space”. How apt. “The Dawning of the day” is another favourite and its history so
    loving. The Fish window is so beautiful and looks like a well tended fish tank. What skills.

    You have put in so much love and care in this post and your clear and easy explanation really make these windows come alive.
    You do realise that I now am finally going to see the Ely Cathedral! Sometimes a stunning prompt is needed.
    Thank you Annika
    miriam

    • Annika Perry says:

      Miriam, it would be wonderful if this has given you the nudge to go and visit Ely cathedral – and the Stained Glass Window museum!! 😀 I love reading the effect of the post on you – and that I could share my own feelings of being overwhelmed so well! There was so much history to share, I only could give a fleeting glance to some. The fish tank was a favourite of mine too since we have fish in our house – just a lot busier! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind comment … it was easy to write with love about such a beautiful subject! hugs xxxx

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