Stained Glass and Liturgy: The Uses and Limits of an Analogy

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Journal of Glass Studies, Page: 271

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Guest, Gerry
Stained Glass; Liturgy; Medieval liturgy; 12th century; 13th century; Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture; Arts and Humanities; History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology
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This article considers how we might productively juxtapose the study of medieval stained glass and the study of liturgy. Central to the argument is the notion that both narrative stained glass and medieval liturgical rites can be understood as spatial practices. In their concatenation of scenes, narrative windows of the 12th and 13th centuries create what might be termed maps of the medieval world. These maps are undergirded by ideologies of space that were in play during that period. At heart, these maps can be read as interventions, as attempts to remake the medieval world for the sacred. The article closes with a consideration of the limitations of this window.