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Stained Glass: From Its Origins to the Present
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Stained glass has always been an art of inspiration and devotion, infusing space with a warm, magical glow. This book is a comprehensive and lavish review of the history, styles, designs, artists, tools, and techniques of this much-loved medium. It begins with the art's early development in ancient Egypt and Rome, then traces its evolution through the Byzantine era, the Romanesque and Gothic styles, and to its revival in the hands of Louis Comfort Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright. Stained Glass also features the innovative work of 20th-century architects and artists. Stained glass scholar Virginia Chieffo Raguin brings years of study and research to this sweeping survey. With more than 500 color photographs featuring both classic devotional works such as Chartres, Le Mans, and the Abbey at St. Denis and modern creations by Tiffany, Marc Chagall, John La Farge, and the Bauhaus, Stained Glass is the definitive single-volume history of this majestic art.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-286) and index.
Raguin and Pongracz offer a detailed and lavish review of the styles, designs, practitioners, tools, and techniques of stained glass and give the complete history of this exquisite medium.
Table of Contents
Symbol and story: the art of stained glass — Origins, materials, and the Glazier's art (by Mary Clerkin Higgins) — The revival of monumental architecture and the place of glass — The age of great cathedrals; The thirteenth to fifteenth centuries — Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century transformation of the narrative — Large=scale renaissance stained glass — The revival of stained glass in the United Kingdom and the United States — Historic revivals in Germany, France, Belgium, and Italy — The opalescent, art nouveau, and arts and crafts movements — The glass of the twentieth century.
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