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There are several grisaille windows deep in the south aisle. They are of varying degrees of age starting in the early 13C. There was no plate glass at that period, so uncolored pieces still had to be bound in lead and set. The role of ?contamination? was only poorly understood but it was obvious that uncolored (clear) glass transmitted light more strongly. The need for more light was achieved by this approach. But the urge to decorate every structure was dominant and so the lead and iron either took abstract (?) designs or more formal ones known to the artisans but not to us. The windows have a gray-green hue and may exhibit flashes of color. The finest 13C grisaille windows are in York Minster in England (the 5 Sister Windows), and are clearly designed. (There are only 1 or 2 pictures of them in VT and just a mention in the Tips; we have never been to York). Grisaille glass work has become more popular down the centuries. It has always had an ?abstract? feel.
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