Initially designed to relay bible stories to the illiterate, stained glass windows have evolved into much more refined implications. With the elimination of ornate religious icons throughout the Renaissance, the initial utility evolved with the demands of European society.
With the earliest stained glass windows created for the Roman Catholic Church to tell Bible stories in pictures- when most people couldn’t read- stained glass windows initially had spiritual connotation. Superseding the advent of television, radio or even canvas artwork, any ancient stained glass has truly stood the test of time.
This is because there was a profound impact on the development of stained glass along with the survival of the stained glass artwork in churches across Europe. The¬ Protestant Reformation in early 16th-century and the French Revolution saw the destruction of religious art and irreplaceable stained glass windows.
This revolt having affected all of Europe, it truly is remarkable original stained glass windows remained intact throughout the century, let alone 5 of them. From this point to the late 19th century, artists typically designed less controversial work free of religious connotation.
The changes in taste and along with innovations in glassmaking hav¬e changed stained glass and its value. Even the methods and material used have evolved with safety first, eliminating poisonous led glazing. Ironically, with mankind having no longer valued original stained glass design, original methods have increased in value.