St Michael the Archangel
- Abbey Church, Caboolture, Queensland
- Early 20th century AD
- H 1980 mm W 620 mm
The largest window in the Abbey Museum collection, this imposing panel is located above the main western door in the Abbey Church. It has been created from coloured and clear glass, vitreous paint and silver stain.
Stained glass went through a revival in the 19th century linked to the growing interest in Gothic architecture, led by Augustus W N Pugin (1812-52) and the mid-century climax of the Romantic movement. The Pre-Raphaelite artists espoused liturgical and architectural practices that harked back to the religious masterpieces of the Middle Ages. James Powell and Sons became one of the most influential companies producing masterpieces in stained glass. This vibrant large window of Saint Michael the Archangel is similar to one in East Bilney Church in Norfolk, done by Henry Holiday (1839-1927), who worked for the Powell studio from 1861-1891.
An angel kneels at the base of the window holding a shield.
Framed between oak leaves and daggers, this huge figure of St Michael is one of the most complete windows in the Abbey Museum’s collections. The artist has subtly hinted at the archangel’s role as a protector of England, by placing a kneeling angel at his feet holding the royal lions of England.
Life-size Colour-in kit!
This unique colour-in kit features three life-size black and white copies of stained glass panels in the Abbey Museum collection; St Michael, St Cecilia and St Alban. A favourite and best-seller!