God the Father – Let There Be! stained-glass decoration

Plac Wszystkich Świętych, Kraków

Mounted into the wall of the hall in Wyspiański Pavilion, the model presents a three-dimensional version of the God the Father – Let There Be! stained-glass decoration.

The actual stained-glass window was made early in the 20th century to the design of Stanisław Wyspiański, and is mounted in the Gothic window situated over the main entrance to the Franciscan church. Due to the monumental size of the window, the plane of the decoration is intersected by vertical and horizontal reinforcing beams. In the model, they are rendered by deep furrows dividing the bar relief into numerous rectangles. The stained-glass presents an old man with long hair and a flowing beard at the moment of creating the world. The lordly gesture of the Creator's left hand, raised high above the head, summons to life lands and oceans, symbolically presented in colours. The right hand of God the Father seems to calm the four elements: water, fire, earth, and air. The actual colours of the individual parts forming the decoration are presented with different textures in the model. A similar method, based on replacing specific colours with visual symbols, is used in heraldry.

On the oblique surface under the bar relief, we find the description in Braille and the legend assigning colours of glass used by Stanisław Wyspiański to the different patterns. Vertical stripes denote red, horizontal – blue, and diagonal – green. The golden colour is rendered by irregular dots, and smooth surfaces indicate white.


God the Father – Let There Be! stained-glass decoration (mp3)

Date: 2013-06-17 Show ticket
News author: Weronika Dulowska
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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