Traditional stained glass

Conservation and restoration of stained glass since 1923

Vidrieras tradicionales

The creation of traditional religious stained glass windows for churches, temples, and spaces of spiritual recollection has been one of our main activities for 90 years. Stained glass can be figurative and depict scenes from scripture and can also modify the light of sacred spaces to induce repose and prayer.

The stained glass windows in the temples do not have a liturgical function although their ability to dematerialize the space generates relaxed atmospheres that lead to spirituality, recollection and invite reflection, recollection and precariousness. The scholastic Honorius of Autun said that the stained glass windows that keep the storms away and let the light penetrate are the doctors who resist the storm of heresy and spread the light of the teachings of the church (1080-1153). Although this quote is very old, the function of the stained glass windows is somewhat similar. In sacred art, the stained glass goes far beyond the function of enclosure, it completes the architecture and is a soloist element in the generation of the atmosphere of the space.

Variety of stained glass windows

We work with a great variety of historical stained glass windows. The evolution of stained glass has always evolved hand in hand with architecture. The ancient stained glass windows of the 13th century are in semicircular arches. The Gothic stained glass windows in the large pointed arched windows. Baroque stained glass windows in large, often oval oculi. Leaded stained glass windows are constructed with glass fragments that are joined together with an H-profile lead profile. Leaded stained glass windows are strong objects if they are well designed and constructed. The oldest preserved stained glass windows are almost nine hundred years old. Our windows are resistant and efficient enclosures. These objects, which have the dual use of enclosure and ornamentation in the building, trace a long history in the art world and are undisputed protagonists in temples, churches and cathedrals. Most of them, even the most humble, have some of these details. The experience of our craftsmen makes possible high quality finishes and the use of unique glass and materials.

Characteristics of traditional stained glass windows

We must describe the traditional stained glass window as figurative, painted and leaded. It is understood as traditional stained glass as opposed to modern or contemporary stained glass, which for many years has been exclusively abstract and has often abandoned the use of lead and used other techniques.

The techniques used in contemporary stained glass have been the dalle de verre and concrete, laminated glass, painted glass with enamel. In the construction of leaded glass, once the project has been chosen, it is necessary to decide how to execute each of the windows. Handcrafted stained glass windows are built entirely by hand and only for some specific stages are power tools used. After cutting the glass, the stained glass windows are painted by hand with grisaille and enamels. Generally, after the application of each paint, it is baked in the oven at over 600ºC. This process permanently adheres the paint to the glass and is resistant to outdoor conditions.

In the case of a well-constructed stained glass window, it is not expected to plan its restoration until after several tens of years and a periodic observation is usually enough to detect any incidence. In the case of traditional religious stained glass we have extensive catalogs from which to gather ideas and inspiration with different pictorial treatments and compositions for the same iconography. The prices of traditional painted stained glass vary depending on the material chosen, the process and the hours spent by each artisan. The prices are very variable, contact us without obligation and we will prepare an estimate detailing the glass, enamel, paint for each stained glass. There is no limit to the size of the stained glass windows. There are large facades built entirely with stained glass. It should be divided into panels that should not be larger than 1mx1m. In general, the smaller the panel, the better it is preserved.

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