Radiant Art – The Splendour and Sorrow of Medieval Stained Glass – Thursday 7th March 2019

By Roger Rosewell.

Chartres – 13C Window
Credit: MOSSET

Stained glass was one of the most important arts of the Middle Ages, combining monumental painting with architecture, sculpture and other arts to create church interiors shimmering with sumptuous colours and miraculous stories. This richly illustrated lecture explains how and why stained glass was produced, the subjects that were shown, and the workshops and patrons who were responsible for both the glazing of great cathedrals as well as local parish churches. It traces changes in style and techniques and the wholesale destruction of these masterpieces during the religious reformations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Roger will tailor his lecture to include more information on St Mary’s Church, Fairford due to our visit there in April and if possible he will also include local examples of medieval stained glass that is worth seeing.

Roger Rosewell

Roger Rosewell is a professional lecturer, award-winning author and widely published photographer. Since 2006 he has been the Features Editor of Vidimus, the online magazine published by the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (GB committee) and the author of Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches (2008); A history of Stained Glass (2012), The Medieval Monastery (2012) and Medieval Wall Paintings (2014). Forthcoming books include Medieval Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimages and A guide to medieval and renaissance stained glass in France. Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University; former Leader writer Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday newspapers.