The Ultimate Stained Glass Quiz

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The Ultimate Stained Glass Quiz
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A very beautiful art form, stained glass has been around for almost a thousand years. In the 19th century, designers like Tiffany elevated stained glass making into a popular art form, not just a religious one. Take our quiz and see how much you know about the history and technique of stained glass art making.
The art of stained glass making was originated by which early culture?
the Israelites
the Christians
the Egyptians
The early Egyptians are credited with developing the art of stained glass making, probably using it for jewelry as well as currency

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Early stained glass windows were created for the:
pharaohs
Roman Catholic Church
Stained glass windows use light, glass and metal to create a design and tell a story. Early designs for churches often told Bible stories through pictures.
Ming Dynasty

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Examples of early stained glass windows created for the Church are:
Canterbury Cathedral
Chartres Cathedral
both of the above
Though many early church masterpieces have been destroyed over the years, two prominent examples that remain are at Canterbury Cathedral in England and at Chartres Cathedral in France.

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Stained glass can be used for lamps and light fixtures. Kazuhide Yoshikawa created lampshades shaped as:
soccer balls
Japanese artist Kazuhide Yoshikawa created soccer ball-shaped lampshades built of stained glass at Hirakata in western Japan.
boats
flowers

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The first report of stained glass as an art form is in the:
12th century
Theophilus, a 12th century monk, described glass-making and the creation of stained glass windows in his work "On Diverse Arts."
18th century
20th century

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During which generally stagnant period in European history did the art of making stained glass windows for churches really take off?
the Renaissance
the Middle Ages
In contrast to its generally stagnant development in other areas, during the late Middle ages churches became bigger and more grandiose and so did their stained glass window designs.
the Enlightenment

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The oldest existing stained glass window is in:
Bulgaria
Austria
Germany
You can see the oldest existing stained glass window at the Augsburg Cathedral in Germany, which dates from the 12th century.

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Which famous decorative glass and lamp maker helped fuel a renewed interest in stained glass making?
Louis Comfort Tiffany
William Morris
both of the above
During the Victorian Gothic revival of the 19th century, there was renewed interest in stained glass making. Designers like Louis Comfort Tiffany, Alfred Bell and William Morris introduced new designs and materials to the art.

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Louis Comfort Tiffany introduced the_____method to the art of stained glass making.
copper tin construction
copper foil construction
Louis Comfort Tiffany introduced the copper foil construction method that made working with curves and assembling designs easier.
copper metal construction

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The main raw material in glass is:
silica or sand
To melt silica or sand requires a temperature of 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,650 degrees Celsius) in a kiln or glasshouse pot.
clay
limestone

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Which of the following are added to silica when making glass to cause it to melt more slowly?
boric acid
lime
both of the above
Substances such as boric acid, lime, caustic soda and potash are added to silica to strengthen it and to cause it to melt at lower temperatures than silica alone.

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_____ are added to the melted silica to give it various colors.
Ground mineral oxides
Ground metal oxides
Metal oxides are added to the melted silica to create colored glass. The molten glass, known as gob, is then refired and shaped.
Ground vitamin oxides

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_____is made by using a blowpipe to create a glass cylinder.
Molded glass
Table glass
Blown glass
Glass blowing is an art that has endured for almost a thousand years. Artists use a blowpipe to make a glass cylinder that is then cut and cooled slowly.

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The home of an upside down stained glass dome is:
The Palace of Catalan Music
A magnificent work of art, the upside down, stained glass dome is located at the Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona, Spain
The Palace of Chamber Music
The Palace of Choral Music

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Table glass is also known as:
cathedral glass
rolled glass
both of the above
Table glass, also called cathedral glass and rolled glass, is made by spreading molten glass onto a metallic work surface and then rolling it into a sheet.

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Textured or pressed glass is created by a method similar to:
table glass
Also created by rolling, textured or pressed glass is made in a way similar to table glass. This type of glass catches the light in unique ways due to the distinctive texture or pattern that is worked into it as it cools.
blown glass
molded glass

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A major drawback of colored glass was that it was usually:
opaque
Flashed glass is a type of colored glass that is not opaque. Clear glass is coated on both sides with two very thin veneers of colored glass, which remain transparent.
very brittle
very fragile

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Molded glass is created using a mold to create glass:
jewelry
shapes
To create glass in different shapes, molds may be used. Rondels and art glass cabochons are two examples of glass shapes that are created with molds.
windows

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Which of the following is the most important tool of the stained glass artist?
a glass hammer
a glass cutter
To cut glass, artists use carbon steel glass cutters, diamond cutters and circle cutters, among others. Different cutters are suitable for different projects and are basically a matter of personal preference.
a glass blower

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Which of the following is a method used by glass artists to modify glass?
sandblasting
engraving
both of the above
To create detail, texture and shading, stain glass artists might use engraving, embossing with acid, sandblasting or painting to modify glass and create the effect they want.

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