Concours des vitraux de Jeanne d’Arc: The Multiple Ways of Materializing the Past in Late Nineteenth-Century French Stained Glass

knott, Stephen (2014) Concours des vitraux de Jeanne d’Arc: The Multiple Ways of Materializing the Past in Late Nineteenth-Century French Stained Glass. West 86th: Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, 21 (2). pp. 192-215. ISSN 2153 5531

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In 1893 the competition to design ten stained glass windows for the Cathédral Sainte-Croix,
Orléans, depicting the life of Joan of Arc, concluded with a traveling exhibition held in
Paris and Orléans. This little-known event might have been entirely forgotten had it not
been for the debate that raged after the announcement of the winner. The jury’s award to
L. Jacques Galland and Esprit Gibelin contrasted with the critical reception that favored
the designs of Swiss artist Eugène Grasset. The discussions surrounding the competition
reveal disagreement over how best to materialize the past in French stained glass, what
techniques should be deployed to produce architecturally consistent windows, and the
response to technological advances that were widely used by commercial firms producing
windows for middle-class audiences. The article demonstrates how technique, technology,
and the question of “how it was made” were key factors in shaping critical judgment of
medieval revival in one of France’s illustrious decorative art traditions.

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