Traditional stained glass

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 in sacred spaces to induce repose and prayer.

Stained glass windows in temples do not have a liturgical function, although their ability to dematerialise space generates relaxed atmospheres that lead to spirituality, recollection and invite reflection, recollection and precarity. The scholastic Honorius of Autun said that the stained glass windows that drive away the storms and let in the light are the doctors who resist the storm of heresy and spread the light of the church’s teachings (1080-1153). Although this quotation is very old, the function of stained glass is in some ways similar. In sacred art, 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 wide variety of historical stained glass windows. The evolution of stained glass has always evolved hand in hand with architecture. Ancient stained glass windows from the 13th century are found in semicircular arches. Gothic stained glass windows in large windows with pointed arches. Baroque stained glass is found in large, often oval oculi. Leaded stained-glass windows are constructed from fragments of glass that are joined together with an H-shaped 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 stained glass windows are resistant and efficient enclosures. These objects have a long history in the world of art and are undisputed protagonists in temples, churches and cathedrals, with the dual use of enclosure and ornamentation in buildings. Most of them, even the most humble, have some of these details. The experience of our craftsmen allows for high quality finishes and the use of unique glass and materials.


Characteristics of traditional stained glass windows

Traditional stained glass is figurative, painted and leaded glass. 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, enamel painted glass. In the construction of leaded glass, once the project has been chosen, it is necessary to decide how each of the stained glass windows will be executed. Handmade 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 manually with grisaille and enamels. Generally, after the application of each paint, it is baked in an oven at over 600°C. This process permanently adheres the paint to the glass. 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 for several tens of years and periodic observation is usually sufficient to detect any damage. In the case of traditional religious stained glass we have extensive catalogues 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, consult us without obligation and we will draw up an estimate detailing the glass, enamel and paint for each stained glass window. 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 a panel is the better it is preserved.

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