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I Loved Stained Glass While in Barcelona

March 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

One of my delights when visiting Barcelona earlier in March was to experience all of the places that had Stained Glass of some sort, including painted glass.  Usually I associate Stained Glass with churches, but on this trip I got a new appreciation of how Gaudi and the other Modernistas looked at Stained Glass and Painted Glass as a medium for interiors of all sorts.

 

First, let me start with some of the churches.  Places where you would expect Stained Glass to be present.  And the type of Stained Glass that you would expect to see; a rosette.  This window is at Santa Maria de Mar in Barcelona.

 

Church of Santa Maria del Mar, BarcelonaChurch of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

But I was also surprised by the variety of Stained Glass in this church.  I found another two that are extremely contemporary looking.

 

Church of Santa Maria del Mar, BarcelonaChurch of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona Church of Santa Maria del Mar, BarcelonaChurch of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona These two set the scene for later in the week when I saw some quite stunning stain glass pieces by Gaudi and other Modernistas.  But first the Opera House.  A lovely piece on the ceiling that I admired before we saw the Opera, Carmen.

 

Palace of Catalan Music, BarcelonaPalace of Catalan Music, Barcelona

 

A slightly different look....

Palace of Catalan Music, BarcelonaPalace of Catalan Music, Barcelona

Now, onto one of Gaudi's houses...where the colored glass and the pattern of the molding make for some interesting interplays between the interior and the exterior.

 

Glass and Stained Glass, Palau GuellGlass and Stained Glass, Palau Guell

 

And something a little more typical for the stained glass, with a nicely designed lamp to go with the mood of the room...

 

Lantern with Stained Glass in background at Palau GuellLantern with Stained Glass in background at Palau Guell

 

And a couple more from the Museum of Catalan Art showcasing the different Modernista Stained Glass that was used for screens and doors.  These first couple are Triptichs.

Modernista Style, Catalan Art Museum, BarcelonaModernista Style, Catalan Art Museum, Barcelona

 

Modernista Style, Catalan Art Museum, BarcelonaModernista Style, Catalan Art Museum, Barcelona

And here is a lovely, lovely door. More of a painted door that has a lovely, inviting look from the interior to the exterior. Modernista Style, Catalan Art Museum, BarcelonaModernista Style, Catalan Art Museum, Barcelona

 

And the last, a glass screen that I would love to have in my own home, separating portions of large rooms.

 

Modernista Style, Catalan Art Museum, BarcelonaModernista Style, Catalan Art Museum, Barcelona

 

Hopefully, you can see how I fell in love with Stained and Painted Glass in Barcelona.  There was a lot there besides what you saw at Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, which had an extremely lovely array of Stained Glass.  And it really does something to the mood of the room, filtering the light in all sorts of colorful arrays.  And, just plain makes you feel inspired.

 


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