Sacred Art: Creation and Symbolism
Stained glass windows are meant for a church or for a profane building.
It is hence either sacred or profane. Using the same writing
style for both is a fundamental mistake and hence, a complete mix-up
as regards the aim.
The profane stained glass windows can be self-sufficient
as decorative elements. It is not what the Church seeks. The
stained glass window of a church cannot confine itself within the
play of virtuoso techniques. It must send forth and irradiate a
mystical intensity comparable to the emotion carried within the
artist. It is in this regard that the stained glass works of the
18th and 19th Centuries are
nothing but a sheer, blatant failure. For they can be of interest
to archeologists but not to the believers. Still and up till now,
many a person thinks that the mere fact of painting a biblical
character is definitely sufficient to bring forth a sacred image.
What is necessary is to possess what the people of the Middle
Ages had and lacks in us: the absolute ands total meaning of the
sacred. We, very often, mix between the image of a saint in
ecstasy and that of a saint in a fainting fit, for instance. We
are making a representation of the Saint Sulpice Style, nothing
but a representation that even lacks the technique. We no longer
speak Aramean, Latin and Ancient Greek; is it for that reason
that we no longer understand Christ's message? In sacred art, let
us then use a contemporary language, a contemporary writing and a
I deem it necessary that stained glass windows be an elevation for
both soul and mind. If it fails to achieve this, it is hence a
failure for them and a frustration for me. In fact, a stained
glass window does not have to please me, I mean to say, by its
plastic artistic shape. It only has to help me rise above the
restrictions and barriers of the real in order to reach the
superhuman, i.e. to reach God.
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