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.
But I was also surprised by the variety of Stained Glass in this church. I found another two that are extremely contemporary looking.
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.
A slightly different look....
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.
And something a little more typical for the stained glass, with a nicely designed lamp to go with the mood of the room...
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.
And here is a lovely, lovely door. More of a painted door that has a lovely, inviting look from the interior to the exterior.
And the last, a glass screen that I would love to have in my own home, separating portions of large rooms.
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.