Glass painting has many varieties and is a highly regarded art form. For this kind of painting you will find across history major differences in the purpose, style and technique used. Glass painting is popularly known as glass art or stained glass art. It is quite unique from other paintings as it uses light to amplify its beauty.
Look back at history
Historians are not sure when glass painting began. Coloured glass figures can be traced back to the ancient cultures, such as Byzantium, Rome, throughout the Middle Ages and China.
Over the years glass paintings have become more sophisticated and mainstream. To enhance colour artists now have access to newer techniques.
Glass painting like any other forms of art was an important instrument of reflecting people’s culture and history. It was extensively used in churches in Europe during the Gothic period. Glass paintings were used to narrate stories from the Bible and that captured people’s attention and even enhanced their church going experience. They created an atmosphere that facilitated solitude and prayer and hence they were more than just paintings. The themes of glass paintings mostly revolved around cultural and symbolic figures. For instance, in India, this type of painting was used to depict gods and goddesses as well as cultural and symbolic figures.
A unique gift item
Over the years artists started exploring a variety of themes and expressions using glass. It was not about painting huge windows or painting mythological figures. People started taking it up as a hobby. Different techniques emerged with the aid of new technology, and the result was the rise in popularity of glass paintings. It is now being used as a decorative piece in homes as well as offices. They make unique gift items as well.
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