Friday, December 12, 2014

Madonna and Child Window

madonna and child stained glass window by Marion Grisa
Madonna and Child stained glass window by Marion Grisa

One of the fantastic aspects of the internet for me is viewing many beautiful artworks, famous and not, that I would otherwise never be able to see.  A given concept, for example, "Madonna and Child", can be executed in thousands of ways.  An artist chooses the style, the lines, the colors and textures, the composition, the details, embellishments or simplifications, and the medium the work is created in - paint, sculpture, glass, fabric, etc.  These decisions are part of the joys of being an artist. 

madonna and child stained glass window by Marion Grisa
Madonna and Child stained glass window detail

My mother-in-law Marion Grisa created this glowing yet extremely simplified Madonna and Child stained glass window in the early 1980's.  The spare and simple lines she chose were part of her style at that time.  I am sure she carefully considered every line and placement, and I know she enjoyed picking out the textured glasses and colors, tiny trapped bubbles and all.

stained glass by Marion Grisa
Glass Detail
The resulting window she created is a cherished family heirloom that I display in my house every Christmas.  The window's dimensions are about 16 inches by 21.5 inches, and the glowing colors remind me of the reason for the season.

stained glass by Marion Grisa
Glass Detail

Marion Grisa (1925-1986) was a talented artist in many mediums, including stained glass.  She designed and made the stained glass windows for an entire  church, Heritage Presbyterian Church, in Muskego, Wisconsin.  She also created smaller windows, including this Madonna "Mother and Child" windowAnother of Marion's windows, an Angel, is shown here.

Searching "Madonna and child stained glass" on and clicking images is a fun search, as well as "Madonna and child"

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Maria said...

How beautiful! I love the colors!

doodles n daydreams said...

This is a beautiful window, how lucky you are to have it to pass down to family members.


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Nicole said...

That Madonna and Child stained glass is gorgeous!

Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

How beautiful! I love the colors and the sensibility!
Huggs from Spain ;)

Unknown said...

Really, really beautiful! I love it! :)

Unknown said...

Muy linda la ventana, y el motivo navideño, que colores, los cortes.
Feliz semana

Doris Estela

Angie said...

This is beautiful! I agree with you about how the Internet takes us to see things we wouldn't get to see otherwise - I'm glad that I got to see your mother-in-law's beautiful window! As someone else said in the comments - it IS a great reminder of the reason for the season!

Merry Christmas!

My thrift store addiction said...

This is so lovely and how special that your mother-in-law was the artist! Thanks so much for sharing it @Creating Christmas! Blessings, Cecilia

Donna Wilkes said...

Oh, how wonderful it is to have such a lovely piece of art by your mother. The simple lines and the colors she chose are beautiful Thank you for sharing this personal post with Make It Monday.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your mother-in-law did an amazing job on this. How lucky you are to be able to display it every Christmas. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

How wonderful that you have such a beautiful piece of your mother-in-laws art. She must have been very talented. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a merry Christmas season!

Blessings, Deborah

miepie said...

This is beautiful! :-)

Mila said...

Oh, I absolutely love it!
Angel is beautiful as well :)

A Joyful Cottage said...

Stunning! What a talented woman, such a wonderful gift to be able to create something so beautiful and lasting.

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a gorgeous treasure! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful family piece to display!
Have a happy and blessed holiday season.

Poppy said...

Beautifully crafted by a very talented artist. I enjoyed reading about Marion Grisa, your beloved mother-in-law. Thanks for sharing.

Merry Chritmas!


The Charm of Home said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


Beijos Marie.