Throughout its thousand-year history, stained glass as an art form has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches, mosques, and other significant buildings. These colorful creations are traditionally made in flat panels filled with small pieces of glass arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together by strips of lead and supported by a rigid frame. With the flowering of Gothic-style windows in the 1850s, inspired by medieval stained glass, artists such as William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones turned to this storied medium, creating designs in glass inspired by their work in textiles and painting.
Reinterpreting this beautiful art today as "stained glass" gifts is the cottage craft studio Winged Heart, based in the English town of Brampton, where the church of Saint Martin's holds original stained glass designed by Burne-Jones and executed by Morris. Working with local artisans who hand-paint glass roundels and panels with crystle clear color lacquers that do not need firing, the studio re-created classic Pre-Raphaelite stained glass art with traditional lead frames as decorative art for the home. The Legion of Honor Museum Store is pleased to feature Winged Heart Stained Glass Gifts, which evoke the timeless design of the Pre-Raphaelite objects on view in Truth & Beauty.