Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wexford Sights: Stained Glass (II)


Today's images come from the Catholic church in Monamolin, a tiny village just off the R741 before Ballyedmond. The church itself is decidedly uninteresting, except for one feature: the two windows above, both of these images (of St Aidan and St Brigid) are products of J. Clarke & Sons Studios in Dublin (as can be seen from the signature, unusual in stained glass, in the bottom left-hand corner). Joshua Clarke was the father of one Harry, Ireland's best-known stained-glass artist, and it's possible that the young lad may have contributed to these windows (although they are entirely traditional, if of very fine quality). Note the Celtic patterns in the border; see here for further information on the Celtic influence in stained glass at the time (as well as an amusing and depressing description of what stained glass artists had to put up with from patrons)). Pictured below is the more modern window behind the balcony facing the altar. In reality, it's a fine example of how the luminous quality of the coloured glass can make what's a rather ordinary composition quite impressive (scale also helps, of course!).
(Once again, if you're not a stained-glass person, here's a link that's quite interesting. Click on the 'zoom out' buttons on the bottom: it certainly gives a sense of perspective!)

6 comments:

jams o donnell said...

They are fine pieces, Thanks for sharing

I;ve just remembered one Irish church that truly is an architectural masterpiece - Christ teh King in Turners Cross in Cork. Now that is a fine piece of art deco

A Doubtful Egg said...

Thanks, Jams. I must check that out the next time I'm in Cork! (BTW, I've added a little link to the post you might find interesting - you've probably seen it already, but if not I think you'll like it)

CalumCarr said...

Thank you!

The link was brill too.

A Doubtful Egg said...

It's pretty mind-bending, alright!

jams o donnell said...

Wow that is an amazing link!

A Doubtful Egg said...

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