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“A window into men’s souls: Stained glass during the reign of Elizabeth 1”. Dr Louise Hampson

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr Louise Hampson will  talk about stained glass in the reign of Elizabeth I. Dr Hampson will challenge the popular misconceptions that the Reformation and its immediate aftermath destroyed most of the medieval stained glass in churches, and that the craft of stained glass painting died out in England.

Her paper will show that the loss of much glass can be attributed to later periods, most notably the Civil War but also the 18th and 19th centuries (!), and that the craftsmen adapted, survived and carried on developing new techniques for new clients as the religious demand dried up.

It will explore examples of sixteenth-century glass in domestic and ecclesiastical settings showing how the iconography deployed was altered and developed as the demands of the religious market changed and as the ‘new rich’ benefitting from the Dissolution wanted to adorn their houses with armorials and heroic figures.

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Dr Louise Hampson

Dr Louise Hampson is a Research fellow and the Heritage Research and Partnerships Coordinator for The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, University of York. She works on medieval and early modern culture and stained glass. She completed a PhD in History of Art at the University of York in 2016 on the post-medieval reception and care of the stained glass of York Minster. She has published on the Minster, on digital modelling and interpretation of Hexham Abbey’s 7th century crypt, on a 16th century surgeon’s plaster box with unusual Thomas Becket iconography (with Dr John Jenkins), and has a book based on her thesis in preparation with Brill’s Art and Material Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe series.


August 10
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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