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Art Nouveau Stained Glass Windows Ss Vitus Cathedral Prague
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Often described as 'illuminated wall decorations', the purpose of stained glass is not to allow those within a building to see outside or even to admit light, but rather to control it.
St Vitus Cathedral in Prague is home to some of the most stunning examples of this art form. The intense color of the massive windows, most of them created in the 20th century by Czech artists, floods the interior of the cathedral throwing color into every nook and cranny of the intricate French Gothic structure.
Here is a segment of one of St Vitus Cathedral's Art Nouveau north wall windows.
Is it beautiful? Yes, it definitely is. But to be honest, I like the olders windows better. They don�t compete with the architecture; they harmonize with it. The geometric organization and canopy motifs in the older windows echo the gothic architectural style, and their color beautifully balances the neutral colored stone of the walls. The 20th century windows strike me as too self-aware; too distinct. Their swaths of color are too intense and too large.
May 15th, 2012
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