Tag Archives: stained glass

Thank you Dr. Stuart Whatling

…for making your doctoral thesis and research, The Corpus of Medieval Narrative Art, available on the internet. It is a treasure trove of imagery and scholarship.

As of today he has posted over 2,700 pages of images from Amiens, Chartres, Bourges, and others. What a resource!

Chartres Cathedral, The “Seraph” Clerestory Window, (bay 103, panel 04).
© Stuart Whatling, 2008

Idle Angels: forgotten inspiration

Last night I was organizing some visual research for Pinterest (I still don’t quite understand the utility of Pinterest but I’m using it anyway) and buried in some forgotten folder in plain site I happened upon this image that I downloaded back in 2009 when I first drew “The Voyeur.”

I am startled to see how many lessons I have learned from this panel of stained glass from the Musée de Cluny. But I can also see I have a lot to yet learn.

A stained glass panel depicting “judgement day” from the Musée de Cluny.

Cappy Thompson

My new art hero. Now when do I get to Sea-Tac to see this thing?

Also, here is a great excerpt from the film “Dreaming of Spirit Animals: The Glass Art of Cappy Thompson” by Sally Cloninger at Cappy Thompson’s website.

Cappy Thompson, I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals, 2003. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Vitreous enamels on float glass with reverse laminated stained glass, Seattle Tacoma International Airport Collection, Photo by Russell Johnson

Cappy Thompson, I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals, 2003. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Vitreous enamels on float glass with reverse laminated stained glass, Seattle Tacoma International Airport Collection, Photo by Russell Johnson

Don’t Judge

Rouault — what an inspiration. Years ago I would wake up early mornings just to sit and stare at a book of of his paintings hoping to gain some scrap of his artistic intelligence.

From the placard: Rouault wrote, “If I have made the judges such lamentable figures, it was no doubt because I was translating the anguish I felt at the sight of a human being who is to judge other men.”

And before you judge the quality of this image consider that it was taken with a mobile phone with a 15-month-old art lover on my shoulders. Still it was great to get away to Houston last weekend and it did my heart good to see one of my favorite paintings by a favorite artist as well as see art through the eyes of my son and daughter.

George Rouault, The Three Judges, 1925. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Noah’s wife

After the Noah Window, Chartres Cathedral.

Stained Glass Chimps

Chimps

Stained glass from The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some years ago on a visit to The Cloisters I took this photo. I wish I had copied down more information at the time but it’s certainly made after the 12th century due to the use of  yellow silver nitrate stain. However, the chimps are fairly accurately rendered so I suspect that it’s well after that.

It looks as though they’re breaking down a table. Why I wonder? Is the party over?