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An excerpt from AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY.
Painted windows are allowed to be the richest and most magnificent application of art to the interior decoration of monumental buildings. The brilliancy and liveliness of the colours, of which glass is susceptible on account of its transparency, will always secure to this kind of painting a distinguished rank among the arts. The dazzling combination of colours, which fills the observer with astonishment, on account of their brilliancy, as well as on account of their variety, gives a peculiar character to painted windows, which prevents them from falling into oblivion, even should they be neglected for a time. If we go back to the elementary condition of the art, the symmetrical arrangement of pieces of glass of various forms and colours, combined with more or less skill, they are by no means entitled to engage our attention in a higher degree than the lustre of gold, and the most lively colours of the richest decoration. Yet with what magical charm must they not attract our observation and excite our admiration, when painting invests form with these beautiful colours, and breathes life and soul into them?
Painting on glass seems to have made a fresh start within the last few years. The favour with which the productions of this art have been universally received, promises it soon a new and brilliant career. But how has it happened that this species of painting, whose magical effects have been so justly appreciated, has been neglected for so long a time, after having for several centuries exercised the genius of artists, and been cultivated by them to the exclusion of almost every other?
Painting on glass has, in fact, experienced a remarkable fate. In the periods of barbarism, when war and devastation had smothered the taste for the arts, it came into existence, and was never more flourishing than in those centuries of ignorance. At the period of the regeneration of science and the arts, when good taste, and the love of what is beautiful and true to nature had begun to spread through Europe, its splendour seemed on the wane, and in process of time it became almost entirely extinct....
bound: 120 pages
publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2017)
isbn: 154486079X, 978-1544860794,
weight: 8.3 ounces (