At times we witness such things that simply blow our minds away. These do not really have to be something extraordinary or out of this world. At times, just the uniqueness of the techniques only sweeps us off our feet. The vision of the artists who create such mind blowing masterpieces is worthy of a salute. I, myself, often wonder, how they are capable of thinking about and creating such masterpieces in a life which is so full of demands and chaos that we hardly find time to devote to ourselves, let alone our hobbies or things we’d like to do.
Here, praiseworthy enough is a California based glass artist, Loren Stump. Loren Stump has earned recognition for usage of the murrina technique, which he has been perfecting since the past 35 years. Murrine is a loaf of glass, made of carefully layered glass rods, which can be sliced to create a detailed, in fact a painstakingly detailed, piece of artwork in cross-section. The guy is good, in fact real good, because rather than creating miniatures of artwork in cross-section using the murrina technique, Loren Stump can actually create entire portraits and paintings. He slices the glass in the end and get amazing final results which leave the audience in pure awe of his talent.
What is the Madonna of the Rocks work about?
Loren Stump is being referred to as a master glassblower and stained glass artist. The praise is pouring over the internet because Loren Stump has managed to woo the audience with his exhibition of virtuosity. His most famous and difficult work so far has been Leonardo Da Vinci’s Madonna of the Rocks. The work consists of hundreds of glass pieces, all melted into one single piece to create the masterpiece, Madonna of the Rocks. To many, it would seem bizarre as actually how Loren manages to create such an artistic masterpiece which is only visible once the murrine is sliced. However, if one takes a look at his past work and the painstaking details he uses in his glass blowing methods, one wouldn’t actually feel that he has taken a leap of faith with this. Loren Stump in fact had a clear idea of whatever he was working on and he knew what he would have once the detailing and slicing would be finalized.
The murrina process emerged in the Mideast about 4000 years back. However, Loren Stump has perfected his own individual technique. The artist has been practicing for the past 35 years and he has now reached a point where he can now create entire paintings and portraits within the glass before even slicing them to see what the final results are. Loren Stump’s Madonna of the Rocks is his most complicated work till date. The details of the craft are unique and will definitely amaze the onlookers with just a glimpse.
Loren Stump has a collection of other amazing 2D and 3D glass art as well. His collection is also available for viewing on his personal website.