Ritina Ansurkar

Dokonaly obrazek – The Perfect Picture
Acrylic paint on canvas
36″ x 24″

From the artist: This piece shows a stained glass window that is in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, right at the top of the staircase.

Stained glass windows have always fascinated me, especially the creation of one with so much intricate detail. My interest in this subject, took me to a number of churches in Europe that had such windows. One thing I love about them, is when, sun light passes through them and the whole scene comes alive, as if it is being enacted in front of us, like a play or a drama. I do not know who the woman in the artwork is, but the sheer vibrance of colors and detail in the window pushed me into recreating it on canvas. In my opinion it is a perfect picture and hence I name it Dokonaly obrazek which means – The Perfect Picture in the Czech language, that is the official language of Prague.

The term-stained-glass refers either to colored glass as a material or to works created from it. Throughout its thousand-year history, the term has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches and other significant religious buildings. Although traditionally made in flat panels and used as windows, the creations of modern stained-glass artists also include three-dimensional structures and sculpture.

As a material-stained glass is glass that has been colored by adding metallic salts during its manufacture, and usually then further decorating it in various ways. The colored glass is crafted into stained glass windows in which small pieces of glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together (traditionally) by strips of lead and supported by a rigid frame. Painted details and yellow Stain are often used to enhance the design. The most expensive glass being red, as gold dust is mixed with the molten glass that give a deep red hue on cooling.

Artist website: http://www.ritinaansurkarfinearts.com