Q:

Why do many churches have stained glass windows?

A:

Quick Answer

Stained glass windows were a way to add beauty and to provide narrative information to those who looked at them. Churches, particularly those from medieval times, often had stained glass windows because they were both sites of worship and learning.

Continue Reading
Why do many churches have stained glass windows?
Credit: Timothy Ball Moment Getty Images

Full Answer

It has been suggested that the process of coloring glass dates back to the first century. Records indicate that colored glass was used in Christian churches as early as 348 A.D. The first use in Great Britain dates to 540 A.D., while the oldest existing colored window glass in Italy dates to around 800 A.D. It came into wider use during the Middle Ages, when stained glass adorned many Gothic-style churches. However, many early stained glass windows in Britain were destroyed during the Reformation period.

The glass used in cathedrals, abbeys and churches offered aesthetic beauty but was also used to depict Biblical stories. During that Middle Ages in particular, when literacy rates were low, churches often served as education centers. The windows eventually came to not only depict religious scenes and stories but also served to increase the reputations of the glass artisans who created them and the wealthy benefactors who paid for their creation and installation.

The use of stained glass windows lost popularity for a period. Both religious institutions and private persons sought artisans, such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, to create these glass works, particularly during the 1800s.

Learn more about Architecture

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are the stylistic characteristics of Art Nouveau?

    A:

    Art Nouveau is interesting in that is has no simple to define characteristics, although the overall philosophy of the style was to bring the beauty of art to everyday objects no matter how utilitarian they may be, while at the same time rejecting the neoclassical forms that were popular during the time its inception. The term is still applied to a number of artistic works today, as many fall into the overall style of Art Nouveau.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some common layout designs for a beauty salon?

    A:

    Some common layouts for beauty salons include a large open space with a central reception area and a series of wide hallways with stations set up along them. Additionally, most layouts include separate enclosed areas for waxing and other semi-private services the salon may provide.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some good sustainable modular home materials and designs?

    A:

    Good sustainable modular home materials include recyclables such as glass, metal and concrete; natural materials harvested from renewal resources such as managed forests; and other manufactured materials made with resource-efficient processing that minimizes waste and reduces greenhouse gases. Modular home designs include the use of movable slabs and prefabricated walls and easy-to-expand floor plans.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the Sydney Opera House made of?

    A:

    The Sydney Opera House is primarily made from concrete, granite, glass and ceramic materials. Its trademark white shells are made from precast concrete reinforced with steel and are covered by over 1 million ceramic tiles. Other walls are made from laminated glass supported by steel mullions or by granite-clad concrete.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore