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Nieuwe Kerk, Delft: 44 reviews and 109 photos

  A real eyecatcher
by iandsmith

The church had a problem, a distinct lack of stained glass windows that had come about as a result of the Delft Powder magazine blowing up and wrecking about all they had.
It wasn't until the 1920's when something was done about it and their current collection started to evolve but after 1936 no further windows had been added until the one you see here which is a bit of an eyecatcher.
It has only recently been added from a design by Annamiek Punt who set up her studio in 1979. Funds came from a bequest by Mrs. Scheepmaker-Pruissers. Unlike Smiths, I'm willing to wager there's not too many of them in the phone book!
The church currently gives out a brochure on how it was made and it answers a lot of questions I had about the medium. One thing that fascinated me was that first they have to blow the glass into the familiar red hot balloon shape. The cylindrical pieces of glass are then cut, reheated and rolled into flat plates. Following a careful inspection the glass may then be designated as genuine hand-blown antique glass. Of course this is after all the drawings, working drawings and cutting profiles have been done; then you can go on to the cutting, staining and lead-came framing. Just a couple of minutes and it's all done! No wonder it's so expensive.
The window portrays the raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead by the way. It presents different layers of perspective and includes a cocoon, butterfly wings, interlaced faces and a hand directing the child toward the light.
Since nothing is fully detailed it is hoped the church window will continue to intrigue viewers for years to come.
Personally speaking, apart from the hand, I couldn't make head nor tail of it!

Address: Markt, Delft
Phone: 015-2123025
Website: http://www.nieuwekerk-delft.nl

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  • Updated May 7, 2007
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