Po make a stained glass window is necessary to have a life-size drawing of the design you want to carry and lead glass. In this drawing you must have two copies; one for cutting individual templates that will serve to cut stained glass, and another under the mounting guides for emplomarlos on the workbench. Well, as these cardboard which guided have appeared wrapped in a hidden corner and forgotten the Mosque of Cordoba, during the restoration process. Surprisingly, as studied in a temple as this, even remain hidden nooks and crannies that unknown materials, although its size, its complex structure and continuous changes, do this not only probable but apparently true.
These cartons are being cleaned and restored in the restorers have bounded near the Treasuries of the Mihrab. Cards are signed none other than the Cordoba sculptor Mateo Inurria. This is an absolute novelty, as to Inurria no known forays into the world of stained glass. It, who is the architect of much of the restoration of the mosque in 1910, and is also director of the School of Industrial Arts, Cordoba, mastered the techniques related to sculpture; Smithy, carpentry, masonry, ceramic ... but not to run Filling glass windows. It is therefore an absolute novelty in the history of this Cordovan artist, that casually link to other artists like Povedano Cordovan or also design Egea windows. Inurria designed four different models, changing the color, are repeated and face both sides of the ship, and rosette foot ship.
The Curious Case of the windows of Matthew Inurria: speculation about his process.
The Capilla de Villaviciosa is the first major Christian chapels that open in the Mosque. Gothic is a ship that will run west wall of the Chapel Royal. The nave is lit for eight lancet windows (four on each side of the ship) and a rosette. There are no data, at least graphics, of replacing old windows with their designs Inurria, but in view of the historically low level of interest has been devoted to the windows in this house, everything points to valuable pieces were not.
After installation of the windows of Inurria, and a recent restoration Tire, these were regrown and covering part of the light of these eight gothic windows. This detracts more so precarious state in which today are some. But because they are in this state today is none other than the manufacture of these poor and impossible to carry Inurria design a stained glass window.
The work we see today how much consideration could be the relationship between the master glassblower and sculptor. Inurria poses an impossible design showcase, impossible to cut with glass pieces, with convex cutting angles that are banned for glass work by his inability to be cut without the workpiece is split. I imagine the face you had to put the glazier when I was asked, I guess also tried to convince the impossible Inurria performing corrected the raised design. Guess discuss, but what should be tough and uncompromising character of our sculptor, the glazier, tragándose are bilis, he found himself in the position to make the design Inurria, knowing that this was a disaster and that the glass would break sooner rather than later because of their fragility. He had even joined the glazier glass without proper beam lead (this sacrilege for a professional) to get what Inurria stubbornly (I guess) claimed. So many windows were unsealed and the time they did the rest of the work up to the fragile structures and almost hidden streams can admire today as more and until now unknown work of the great sculptor Matthew Inurria.
Special mention should ship rosette, also designed by him. This if you have a stable and durable design, and as proof that it is taking the same age as the rest, no cracks or deformations. The colorful motifs and elected produce an amazing kaleidoscopic sense of beauty.