Discovering the Windows at Birmingham Cathedral by Joyce Brooker

June 11, 2018

I love Pre-Raphaelite painters and in particular Edward Burne-Jones. It was a great thrill therefore to discover on a recent visit to Birmingham, that he had designed stained-glass windows in the cathedral there. If you haven’t seen them you’ve missed a treat – they are quite spectacular! You wouldn’t even have to be a fan of Pre-Raphaelites to appreciate the wonderful colours and the beautiful faces of the characters portrayed there. One of my favourites is a beautiful angel face in the judgement window and also the face of Jesus in The Ascension window.   You can take a tour of the cathedral (which  is free ) & the stories of the windows will be expertly explained to you. Apparently the lady who commissioned these windows had quite a lot to say about what she wanted included and not included! For some strange reason she didn’t want the oxen in the nativity scene, and stranger still, she didn’t want any blood in the crucifixion window! They are a feast for the  eye as works of art, & even more beautiful if you empathise with the representation.

Do take a look when you’re next in Birmingham… You will be enthralled, I’m sure, especially if you choose a sunny day when the windows look their most beautiful

 

empathise with the representation. Do take a look when you’re next in Birmingham… You will be enthralled, I’m sure, especially if you choose a sunny day when the windows look their  most beautiful

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