I'm making an project of stained glass for my church. It gonna be 2,2 meters high and the theme is: sant trinity
I have couple of ides, those are first sketches. Can you give me some advices how to improve it? (don't look on those "three persons". They will be changed for sure!)
very first color try (for fun)
what do you think?
The question is what type of church is it for? The reason I ask is because different church's would have different symbolism, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical. Over-all I like it, however something to consider is the tree (of life?) and the "all seeing eye". The tree of life is from the garden of Eden which (if I remember correctly) was forbidden for Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of, so for me, what I see is the symbol of God trying to keep knowledge from his creation and therefore keeping them subject to ignorance in order to foster thier need of God. The all-seeing eye is a symbol from our dollar bill, and also used in certain secret groups, so once again the symbol (for me anyway) does not make sense in a church. Of course this is only my opinion so.................for what it is worth I suppose. I do like the eye-path that you have going though, and the eternity symbol. I also like the iconographic symbols that you have of God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I like that you have the Holy Spirit (dove) going to the left which is carrying on the circular rotation of the eye-path.
Over-all, I like it.
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Just so you know, the all-seeing-eye is not really a Christian symbol. It appears nowhere in archeological discoveries, except in some Egyptian mysticism religions. Other than that, I like the layout. The Trinity element is reinforced well.
You might ask your local priest for allegorias that might inspire you. Religion is one of the greatest sources of semantic, methaphorical, image driven dialog.
looks good, just a suggestion tho, it might be too late, but what about including two hands symbolizing creation as opposed to the all seeing eye? even if it is a christian symbol, the underlying negative connotations might work against you. for example, its common knowledge that the nazi swaztika was a borrowed symbol from the egyptians and even the tibetans. Yet still people refrain from using it post-WWII you know? as the centre of the piece, i think something of profound significance could serve the piece better. Also if your looking for more inspiration, the classical renaissance artists did some brilliant, exlusive work for the vatican.
The all-seeing eye is a symbol of God, however, the way it has been used by other "secret and exclusive sects", as well as being placed on the American currency as someone else stated (I understand the religious significance of the placement of the All-seeing eye on the dollar bill........I am after all an American) however, that symbol just has more negative meanings for some of us. However, if this is a church in Poland (I noticed where you are from) then, there may be no negative connotations at all with it. I would just check with your preist or whoever is commisioning this work to find out if that symbol is allright to use. Otherwise, I think it is a great work..............keep posting the updates, I would LOVE to see the finished peice...........as the stained glass window (I LOVE stained glass art)
I also jsut remembered a story (reason for the edit) which may pertain to the All-seeing eye issue. About 5 years ago an artist painted a picture of Mother Mary using elephant dung. This caused an outrage (among American Christians) for they saw this as some sort of anti-christian statement. The discussions and the people standing around the outside of the art gallery with protest signs went on for quit sometime untill the story of the reason for the elephant dung Mary mother of Jesus painting was explained. The artist who painted it was from Africa. I do not remember what tribe he was from, however. The reason he painted this picture using elephant dung was that it was an extreme religious and spiritual meaning for himself, and his tribe. They use elephant dung as fertilizer for thier crops, to use as cement in the building of thier homes, and even to use in thier hair (like mouuse I think, but thicker). The reason he used elephant dung was out of DEEP RESPECT according to HIS CULTURE. Elephant dung represents life.
Just food for thought since people from all over the world post thier work on here
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