Medieval Stained-glass Windows
(Dr. Mary Jo McNamara, Advisor)
Since the waning of the Middle Ages, window making has remained a peripheral art that receives scant attention from artists and less attention from the public. While the arts of textiles, ceramics, and printmaking have shed their distinction as “minor” arts, stained glass is rarely conceived as a viable art form. The great irony of this attitude is the public’s great esteem for medieval glass. In my presidential project, I will build a stained glass window depicting the Seven Liberal Arts. Through research into method and practice in the Middle Ages, I will incorporate stylistic and technical processes native to the middle of the fourteenth century, the heyday of stained glass production.