Following the recent renaissance of stained glass in houses of worship, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Downingtown turned to Beyer Stained Glass in Philadelphia to restore nine original Munich windows and create matching new ones, writes Joseph Pronechen for the National Catholic Register.
The church bought the Munich windows crafted by artist George Boos from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. According to Joseph Beyer, artist and president of Beyer Stained Glass, “stained glass has always been associated as a spiritual medium beyond any other art form and remains associated with religious architecture.”
One of the artists at the studio was able to perfectly replicate the Munich artist’s style for a new window that depicts a sleeping Joseph and an angel opening a curtain to show him the scene of the marriage to Mary. It is surrounded by a border of observing angels and other designs in an ornamental frame.
Now, thanks to the old windows being completely restored, the difference between the old and the new is unnoticeable.
“They needed seven more windows like that and wanted subject matter that didn’t appear in any church,” said Beyer.
Read more about the renaissance of stained glass in the National Catholic Register here.