Modern figurative windows are usually characterized by fine, mouth-blown cathedral glass and have very little paint (usually confined to flesh areas such as faces and hands). Instead of painting the fine details such as robe folds or wood grain, artist-designers carefully choose glass for its character and ability to replicate these details. Additionally, mouth-blown cathedral glass lends itself to more vibrant and striking colors in comparison to opalescent glass. Where opals are more opaque and provide denser colors, mouth-blown glass has greater transparency, which allows more sunlight to filter through, thus creating brighter windows.
Modern Figurative stained-glass windows generally consist of a biblical scene with figures (to tell the story of Christ) or saints (to highlight their life story or pay homage).
These windows more directly tell a story through figures, rather than relying on symbols and abstract designs.