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Neo-Moorish Stained Glass

The resurgent fascination with the Islamic art and culture of Al-Andalus led in the 19th century to the construction of Moorish Revivalbuildings in several European countries, including Switzerland. Chateaux, pavilions and reception rooms were conceived as Gesamtkunstwerke (integrated works of art), with stained glass as a central element. The inspiration for the usually abstract, ornamental designs of the glass is to be found in Islamic art. However, since coloured glass was rarely a part of Al-Andalus Islamic architecture, this raises questions as to the origins of neo-Moorish stained glass compositions, along with their transfer mechanisms. The research will therefore take into account the Islamic stained glass tradition, as well as technical characteristics of neo-Moorish windows, the relationship of the movement to Gothic Revival, and the question, adressed by architects of the modern era, of the symbolism of light.

This research forms part of the four-year project “Mudéjarismo and Moorish Revival in Europe”, to be carried out under the SNSF Professorship of Prof. Dr. Francine Giese at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich. For further information on this project: http://www.khist.uzh.ch/kol/giese/mudejarismo.html.

Research at the Vitrocentre Romont conducted by Sarah Keller.

Vitrocentre Romont – Au Château – P.O. Box 150 – CH-1680 Romont – Phone +41 (0)26 652 10 95 – Fax +41 (0)26 652 49 17 – cr:vasb:ivgebprager.pu