How was it made? Stained glass

Watch as a medieval stained glass panel in our collection is reproduced using centuries-old techniques.

The original panel came from the choir windows in Erfurt Cathedral in eastern Germany and was part of a scene dedicated to the Passion of Jesus. The making process involves working from a drawing called a cartoon, cutting solid pieces of coloured glass, decorating textured glass with enamel paints and using lead strips to hold the glass together.

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Background image: Entry into Jerusalem, stained glass panel, about 1375, Germany. Museum no. C.200-1912. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London