Canada post issued set of three stamps for Christmas 2011 featuring scenes from the magnificent stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Saint Mary.
The art of creating coloured glass is ancient, and was originally practiced by both the Egyptians and the Romans.
Christmas 2011 – Stained Glass – Canada
Stained glass windows, or sometimes thin slices of alabaster set in wooden frames to create a similar effect, has been used in churches and other stately buildings the world over since the Middle Ages.
At a time when much of Europe was illiterate, churches in particular took advantage of the use of stained glass—frequently depicting vivid and expressive scenes from the Bible—to visually reinforce their teachings.
An art-form in itself, stained glass is often referred to as ‘pictorial art’ or described as ‘illuminated wall decorations.’
Three of this year’s Christmas commemorative stamps showcase scenes from the magnificent stained-glass windows of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Kingston, ON, which was built nearly a century and a half ago.
The windows were originally imported from England.
Over the years, several installation projects, additions and changes have been undertaken.
This work includes a complete restoration of the windows, which began in 1993, done on site by glass and installation artist Mark Thompson, using much the same methods employed for the past thousand years.
Title: Christmas 2011 – Stained Glass – Canada
Date of Issue: 1 November 2011
Denominations: PERMANENT™ domestic , $1.03, $1.75
Source: Canada Post