Friday, 10 July 2015

A Friday Indulgence - medieval stained glass heads from Norfolk

So much of English medieval stained glass survives as isolated fragments..  At Warham in North Norfolk, is an extraordinary collection of such fragments, mostly heads.  They are the heads of saints, angels, kings, queens, bishops and clergy - elements of lost narrative or of decorative panels, each with a story to tell and each evidence of the lost visual landscape of the medieval church.  All the heads here were produced by Norwich glaziers in the fifteenth century, and presenting them together as a group demonstrates the great technical skill of medieval glass painters, as well as the individual creativity of these anonymous craftsman.

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk



Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk

Warham St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed the detail of the photography of this beautiful painting!

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed detail of your photography of these beautiful heads!

gordonplumb said...

Allan

Are these in English Stained Glass - Pre-Victorian - they should be.

Gordon

Anonymous said...

Hi Allan,

I came across your photography on Flickr and you really have an eye for detail. I'm writing some blog articles about North Norfolk attractions for a client and wanted to know if you'd like to take part about your visits to St Mary Magdalene and Cley churches? It will involve what you did on the visit, why you visited those churches, what you learnt of their history, your interest in photography and comments on the art and architecture of the churches.

If you are interested please email me at victorialeadbeater@mitramark.com I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,
Victoria Leadbeater