Thursday, July 18, 2013
Window of the Week: Ophelia
Commissioned by a local client in the 1990's, the Ophelia window was inspired by an 1851 painting by John Everett Millais. The scene depicted is from Shakespeare's Hamlet where Ophelia, driven out of her mind because her father is murdered by Hamlet, drowns herself in a stream.
The rich coloration and fine details were achieved using multiple techniques. The window was created in two plated layers, giving the glass an intensity and brilliance. Fine detailing in the foliage is contrasted with the open flowing water where Ophelia is half submerged. The hands and face of the figure are hand painted and kiln fired.