Join Jane Brocket as she explores the fascinating world of 20th-century stained glass.
There is a great deal more to 20th-century church stained glass than memorial windows, Coventry Cathedral, and John Piper. This talk looks at the period from a new angle and considers the evolution of stained glass in the last century. It reveals a multitude of fascinating windows which are inspired by the modern world, ordinary people, and everyday life, and those that reflect contemporary design and artistic styles.
Many stained-glass windows were the work of a number of little-known but highly skilled designers and makers who are often overlooked and underrated. Their brand of realism has created a rich legacy of 20th-century visual culture full of engaging and fascinating detail right down to, and including, the kitchen sink.
Jane Brocket is the author of How to Look at Stained Glass (IB Tauris, 2018) and contributed the chapter on church stained glass 1914-2014 to the C20 Society’s 100 Churches, 100 Years (Batsford, 2019). She has an MA in Victorian art and literature from London University and has written a number of books on a wide range of creative and cultural subjects. Jane lives in Cambridge and is looking forward to the full reopening of churches so she can make new stained glass discoveries.