The development of the art of stained glass continued to be of great importance from the Middle Ages until its decline in the 16th century. Later, about the nineteenth century, it would re-emerge with force and we find the presence of the stained glass in movements such as Art Nouveau, where it is present in architecture and decoration.
During this movement there is an extraordinary activity around this discipline with the introduction of different glasses and the research of new techniques. The American master Louis Confort Tiffany knew how to use all his creativity in the elaboration of the design and worked breaking new ground in this art.
If in medieval times the stained glass was linked to religion and, therefore, to religious buildings, in the nineteenth century its use becomes leading in different constructions, in decoration and in all kinds of design. We can find authentic works of art with glass that look more like goldsmith than master glassmaker.
The great artist Antonio Gaudí left among his work authentic jewels of this discipline, which can undoubtedly be called art.
Many artists have approached the world of stained glass. Painters who saw in light an enormous potential to give life to their colors. More than one ceramist has also taken the risk of working with stained glass. Let us not forget that ceramics and glass are closely related in their processing technique.
To learn more: GLASS GLASSES. History of an Art of light and color