The Genre

The medieval stained glass window was composed of colored glass, and the pieces were joined together with lead. When sunlight penetrated the window during the day, a person inside the building sees intense colors, like precious stones. Since stained glass windows were normally placed very high in a church, a person could not distinguish the scene or the people who were represented, but he or she knew from the priests that they existed. The window was therefore a metaphor for religious faith, in which one believes without being able to see it. And the artist worked for the eyes of God, not for mankind. The term “lancet” means a small lance, and refers to the resemblance between the shape of the window and the medieval armament.

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