This is inspired by the thread on ideal vacation spots. I have a strong interest in stained glass and I know that of course there are many beautiful locations/churches in the United States and Europe, among other places. I live in the Washington DC area and there is the Shrine among other places. If you were to go to see stained glass in Catholic churches/cathedrals, etc. where would you go, especially if you focused on historically interesting places? Between Germany/Austria, Italy, France and England there is a lot - also any recommendations for the United States?
I’m also interested in books about stained glass and I own some beautiful ones; I’ve searched amazon and other bookstores and also found some books at specialized art publishers but I don’t know how many cathedrals or other places sell books about stained glass.
I’m also wondering about creating works of art related to stained glass, either through learning to make it or photographing it (subject to copyright and etc) or both. However I have mild cerebral palsy that particularly affects my right hand side so a hobby that involves cutting glass may not be safe. Photographing it is probably a lot more feasible.
so my questions are - if you were going to go somewhere to see stained glass in person, where would you go and why? And I’d appreciate recommendations in the US/Canada as well as Europe. Also does anyone know of any places to purchase rare or obscure books on stained glass other than amazon or other online or specialized art publishers. and if anyone has interest making stained glass or photographing it either as an amateur or professionally I’d be interested in hearing about that too.
There have been a lot of serious topics in family life lately, as the other poster pointed out. This is a bit lighter. I’ve been interested in this for a long time. thanks.