Adrian Barlow

Espying Heaven

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Espying Heaven presents the first full-scale and full-color survey of the achievement of Charles Eamer Kempe (1837–1907), the outstanding stained-glass designer of his era, and his Studio. From the start, Kempe gathered around him a close-knit team of artists and craftsmen who together developed his vision of a distinctive aesthetic setting for worship based on late medieval art, especially the stained glass of northern Europe. This book illustrates the evolution of 'the Kempe style' and allows readers to judge for themselves the extent to which C.E. Kempe & Co. (1907–1934), set up by Kempe himself, succeeded in working within the tradition established by his founding artists. This book is intended as a companion to Adrian Barlow's biographical study Kempe: The Life, Art and Legacy of Charles Eamer Kempe (The Lutterworth Press, 2018). In its own right, however, Espying Heaven both documents and celebrates a style of church art and decoration that has had a defining influence upon the Anglican Church worldwide. It highlights key features of Kempe glass, exploring questions of representation, symbolism and technique and suggesting new ways of 'reading' a Kempe window. With photography by Alastair Carew-Cox.
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266 printed pages
Original publication
2019

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