The theme from Patti for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week #54 is Detail.
I appreciate painting and love colorful things. A good combination of both is stained glass windows. When traveled to Europe visiting the cathedrals, stained glass windows always caught my attention. Although I took photos in several cathedrals, I chose to display some to show the detail of the stained glass windows in Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
Stained Glass Windows
During the Gothic period and the Renaissance (1100s–1500s) stained glass was one of the foremost techniques of painting practiced in Europe. It inspired the lives of the faithful through religious narratives in churches and cloisters.
There was a time when glass panes were too expensive for most people, only in the late 1400s, did glass panels become wider-spread, so that middle class and wealthy people could have them in their homes—and they started setting into their clear glass windows that would celebrate their family histories.
Glass Windows in Cologne Cathedral
In many windows coats of arms help both to identify their patron and to date the glass windows in Cologne Cathedral.
Among the five original windows, the Three Kings is the oldest glass window in the cathedral, and the earliest preserved “Bible windows” in Germany.
A typological, classical of types, view of history is also worked out in more detail in the two “Bible windows” where scenes of Christ’s life are related to Old Testament events. These windows are the depiction of Christ’s ancestors as kings, the History of Salvation with themes representing the three periods of history. The prominence of the scene of the Adoration of the magi has been associated with the importance of Cologne Cathedral as the cathedral of the Three Kings.
I can only identify major detail in the stained glass windows shown in this post. An extensive study would be needed to understand and interpret the rest of the detail.
I hope you enjoyed these stained glass windows as much as I do!