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Algirdas Dovydėnas. Daugiafigūrė dešimties vitažų kompozicija Šv. Pranciškaus gyvenimas ir pranciškonų ordino istorija. Pranciškonai Lietuvoje. Šv. Pranciškaus vienuolyno koplyčia, Šiauliai, Kryžių kalnas.
Architektas Nunzio Rimaulo. Plonas spalvotas stiklas, švinas, 6 vnt. – 265x60; 2 vnt. – 342x68; 205x68; skersmuo – 117; 1999–2000


The stained glass composition by Algirdas Dovydėnas

by Algimantas Patašius

The stained glass composition in the chapel of the Franciscan Monastery on the Hill of Crosses by Algirdas Dovydėnas (the village of Jurgaičiai) is a unique many-layered work of contemporary Lithuanian stained glass. As a component of the architectural space of the chapel, this frieze consisting of ten stained glass windows (17 m2) is modern, decorative and integral, and is noted for a clear rhythm and a restrained colour scale. However, the deeper layer of the work is a meaningful narration, which can be read as a visual text, very concentrated and precise. On the opposite converging wings of the frieze, the basic moments of life of the founder of the Franciscan order St. Francis, and the history of the Lithuanian Franciscans are presented. Each detail in the images is derived from historical and iconographic sources. On the other hand, the work is not a pedantic illustration – it pulsates with creative freedom and inner warmth.
The visual stylistics of the stained glass windows originally combines archaic elements and contemporary expression.

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