In the medieval Occident, ‘the countryside is everything’: nearly 90% of the population tilled the earth, and in the portals of churches, in frescos, stained glass windows or in prayer books, we see ever and again the works of the months, most of them relating directly to the main sectors of agriculture – grain-growing, wine-production… Continue reading What the stained glass of Notre-Dame de Chartres cathedral tells us about stockraising
Art in Agriculture
From a 350-million-year-old fossil to a contemporary glass sculpture, the story of an artwork that was a long time in the making.
The Creeping and The Wise by Anne Vibeke Mou. (Photo by John McKenzie) In 2018 UK-based artist Anne Vibeke Mou embarked upon a research project exploring the history of the North of Scotland’s kelp industry (kelp ash was once used as an ingredient for glass making), as part of her ongoing work A Botany of… Continue reading From a 350-million-year-old fossil to a contemporary glass sculpture, the story of an artwork that was a long time in the making.
Agriculture & the International Year of Glass 2022
Agriculture? Glass? What’s the connection? Fig. 1. Stained Glass Panel, Labours of the Months (October – breaking up clods and scattering wheat), 1450-1475, England. From Cassiobury Park, Hertfordshire. Source: Commons Wikimedia. Have you ever thought about how farmers and market gardeners care for “baby” plants, for example, by covering them with a glass cloche to… Continue reading Agriculture & the International Year of Glass 2022
The Agricultural Year in Stained glass: Labours of the Month from medieval to present day
Humans are creatures of habit, and since the prehistoric era have kept track of time. A popular artistic representation of the calendar year from the medieval period onwards were Labours of the month, each of which symbolised a month of the year and depicted a relevant seasonal agricultural activity or pastime. Labours of the Month… Continue reading The Agricultural Year in Stained glass: Labours of the Month from medieval to present day
Stained Glass Windows in the National Museum of Agriculture in Szreniawa, Poland
Creator: Maria Powalisz-Bardońska (1935-2021) Established in: 1974 Material: lead, metal, overglaze paint, stained glass (patinated), tin (tin binder) Dimensions (in meters): Height: 2.20 Width: 4 Origin: Stained Glass Workshop Powalisz, Poznań Inventory no .: A-959 / 1-2 These stained-glass windows consist of 15 sections (five sections horizontally, in three rows) of colored glass patinated at… Continue reading Stained Glass Windows in the National Museum of Agriculture in Szreniawa, Poland