Many of the 15th- and early 16th-century German paintings in the National Gallery have been removed from the ecclesiastical contexts for which they were designed. Frequently these settings also included brilliantly coloured, boldly designed and exquisitely made stained glass windows.
German stained glass of the time made use of the same imagery as its paintings, and showed similar visual innovations - increasingly the designers of stained glass windows were also the painters of panel pictures.
This exhibition brings together some of the finest examples of German stained glass from this period (which are preserved in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum) and puts them next to a selection of National Gallery paintings from the same period and regions of Germany. Also featured are some surviving examples of designs for stained glass.
By exploring differences and similarities in techniques and approach, and above all, by highlighting the beauty and importance of glass as well as painting, this exhibition will open visitors' eyes to the lost worlds of Medieval and Renaissance Germany.