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PostSubject: Images on stained glass windows   Fri 13 Jan 2017, 00:18

I have seen images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Christ Jesus, St. Joseph, and other saints on stained glass windows.  
Are there rules governing what images go on stained glass windows?
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PostSubject: Re: Images on stained glass windows   Fri 13 Jan 2017, 06:30

Yes - decided by the window's owner. My local Hells Angels Chapter Headquarters has a rather fetching one which includes a young Jane Fonda as Barbarella and a young Carrie Fisher as the captive Princess Leia. Skimpy bikinis are the rule in that one.
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PostSubject: Re: Images on stained glass windows   Mon 30 Jan 2017, 21:18

The stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral in France are almost 1,000 years old.
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PostSubject: Re: Images on stained glass windows   Sun 30 Apr 2017, 13:09

@nordmann wrote:
Princess Leia

Not just Princess Leia on this one but all the main characters from Star Wars:



That said - with 'Jedi Knight' being given under the 'What is your religion?' question by hundreds of thousands of respondents in the UK censi of 2001 and 2011, then maybe it's not the best example of contemporary secular stained glass. As an art form, stained glass was popular from Persia to the British Isles throughout the Middle Ages. This was mainly for religious (i.e. Christian and Islamic) purposes but not exclusively so. Following the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century it gradually began to fall out of favour (particularly in northern Europe) and was virtually non-existent for about 150 years from the mid-17th Century until being revived in the 19th.

The revival of the art of staining glass in the 19th Century also saw its increased use for secular purposes. There are some examples of pre-17th Century secular stained glass but these are few and far between. Norwich Guildhall, for example, is a secular building which boasts a fine array of surviving 15th century stained glass windows but the subject matter on them is overwhelmingly religious and would not look out of place in the neighbouring Cathedral.

In London, the Haberdashers' Company has this piece which is purportedly from the 15th Century:



It is unmistakably secular and shows the Company's Arms. I haven't been able to find out exactly where it is located though. It could be on Gresham Street where the company's Hall was located from 1458 - 1996. That Hall, however, had to be rebuilt twice. The first time following the Great Fire of 1666 and the second time after the Blitz of 1940. Or it could have been removed to the company's new premises in West Smithfield. Either way it did very well to survive both those events. The look of it is definitely very old and aged glass is a look that is almost impossible to fake.

Does anyone know where it is - or does anyone know of other examples of medieval secular stained glass elsewhere such as on the continent?
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PostSubject: Re: Images on stained glass windows   Sun 30 Apr 2017, 13:30

An internet search tells me that a company called Leading Lights of London recently restored the 1446 window for them. However you can "walk" around much of their new hall in Smithfiled on their site and it's nowhere in evidence, at least that I could see (though they have an impressive amount of artefacts related to their history on their walls).

Leading Lights link

Haberdashers Hall virtual tour link (worth a visit)
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