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Traditional Stained Glass

Posted by Ellen Bley on Feb 3, 2015 1:42:00 PM

 

ARTISTRY INSPIRED BY TRADITION

  Art Glass Guide  

 

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Conrad Schmitt Studios Original Design

St. John Neumann Catholic Church - Knoxville, Tennessee

Some artistic movements speak to audiences many years after the original artists are gone. Traditionally - styled art glass windows are still popular in many modern worship settings. This style is largely inspired by Gothic and Renaissance church stained glass, as well as the subsequent revivals of these aesthetics in later centuries. While artistic tastes have varied over the years, many of the themes, motifs, symbolism, and media used in traditionally - styled windows are still relevant to contemporary worship spaces.  

 

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Conrad Schmitt Studios Original Design

St. John Neumann Catholic Church - Knoxville, Tennessee

The stained glass artists of Conrad Schmitt Studios are influenced by centuries of tradition. During the Medieval Period (c. 600-1600 CE), the influence of the Catholic Church supported the creation and adornment of churches, cathedrals, and monasteries. Medieval stained glass often depicted scenes from the Bible and the lives of saints, functioning as a teaching tool for a mostly illiterate population of believers. Renaissance era stained glass had added depth and realistic perspective in compositions that were still primarily biblical, but contained even more symbolism. In addition to the narrative of a window, there were often several layers of visual symbolism throughout the artwork. 

 

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Conrad Schmitt Studios Original Design

St. John Neumann Catholic Church - Knoxville, Tennessee

The ideas of the Medieval and Renaissance Periods have inspired artists for centuries. The Gothic Revival of the nineteenth century created a resurgence in stained glass as architects designed worship spaces with grandeur and opulence that had diminished during the Protestant Reformation and Age of Enlightenment. By the late 1800s, many influential stained glass artists and studios were reimagining Medieval and Renaissance, as well as innovating in the field. European studios such as Mayer of Munich, Heaton, Butler & Bayne, and Tyrol Art Glass Co., as well as the American studio of Charles Connick were some of the greatest producers of traditionally - styled stained glass during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  

 

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Conrad Schmitt Studios Original Design of The Annunciation

St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Knoxville, Tennessee

Conrad Schmitt Studios has studied the process of producing turn-of-the century traditional stained glass through thousands of hours of replicating, conserving, and restoring stained glass windows. Traditional windows are painted and leaded by hand, and typically feature religious figures. Artists reference the compositions of nineteenth century ecclesiastical artists such as Heinrich Hofman, Bernhard Plockhorst, and Julius Carolsfeld. Richly colored scenes are bordered with architectural frames that feature pilasters, columns, and elaborate canopies. Figures are proportional and believable, from expression to posture. Drapery flows naturally. Much like Gothic and Renaissance pieces from centuries past, modern artists create work rich with symbolism, sometimes hidden in fabric patterns or border elements. The results are unique, priceless artworks that are powerfully connected to the communities that commission them. Conrad Schmitt Studios balances tradition and innovation. Inspired by centuries of stained glass history, the Studio strives to create new works of art that speak to our clients’ own sense of tradition.  

 

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Conrad Schmitt Studios Original Design of The Resurrection

St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Knoxville, Tennessee

 


 

Art Glass Guide

For more on Traditional Stained Glass

The Conrad Schmitt Studios Art Glass Guide was created to showcasce the variety of styles and possibilities available to clients interested in commisioning new stained glass designs.

The booklet also includes examples of:

  • Patterned Glass
  • Faceted Glass
  • Tiffany Glass
  • Painted/Laminated Glass
  • Contemporary Glass

 

Art Glass Inspiration Guide to Stained Glass Windows by Conrad Schmitt Studios

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