Modern Figurative Stained Glass Windows
Modern figurative windows are usually characterized by fine mouth-blown cathedral glass and have very little paint, usually on flesh pieces. Instead of painting the fine details such as robe folds or wood grain, glass is carefully chosen for it’s character to replicate these details. Additionally, the use of mouth-blown cathedral glass over opalescent glass lends itself to more vibrant and striking colors. Where opals are more opaque and provide denser colors, mouth-blown glass is more translucent, allowing more sunlight to filter through and thus brighter windows.
Figurative windows in general usually consist of a biblical scene with figures (to tell the story of Christ) or saints (to highlight or pay homage). Modern Figurative windows more directly tell a story through figures rather than relying on symbols and abstract designs.