Art: Place for Glass

Stained-glass design has been on the decline for seven centuries, ever since its peak splendor in Chartres' cathedral. Describing Chartres, Henry Adams said that "no other material, neither silk nor gold . . . can compare with translucent glass, and even the Ravenna mosaics or Chinese porcelains are darkness beside them." Some modern artists have begun to rediscover this truth. Last week brought two ambitious shows of modern stained glass.

¶ In Recklinghausen, Germany, in a converted bomb shelter, 25 artists offered their experiments in stained glass for churches. Since more than 7,000 German churches were destroyed during World War II,...

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