One look at this month’s photo reveals the subject – stained glass. Like many of our topics, this one has a history. Unlike many, this history is impressive. Some things come and go with time, but the appeal of stained glass has remained. Many craftsmen today are dedicating their labors to restoring old stained-glass windows so that generations to come can enjoy their beauty.
Glassmaking dates back 5,000 years with stained glass being used in European Christian churches by the third or fourth century A.D. One of the oldest known examples of a stained-glass window, dating to 686 A.D., was unearthed at St. Paul’s monastery in Jarrow, England. The 12th and 13th centuries were known as the Golden Age of Stained Glass. Unfortunately during the Renaissance period, painted glass replaced stained glass, and by the 18th century the early methods of manufacture were all but lost.