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Stained Glass: From its Origins to the Present
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 Ro ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Harry N. Abrams
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Apr 03, 2016 Alexandra Kiely rated it it was amazing
This is the best and most comprehensive book I've found on the history of stained glass. I've read much about the topic in the context of architecture and decorative arts, but this book discusses the medium in its own right. It talks about the major movements, artists, and patrons, as well as how stained glass has fit into larger artistic trends over time. The illustrations are high-quality and beautiful, though I wish there were a few more.
I became interested in stained glass, or glass-in-lead as I explored quilting patterns. This book did not disappoint, as one can see from the cover page. I like both the past and the present use of design to make repetition original and not repetitive duplication.