The windows of the church were designed by Professor Max Uhlig at Derix Glasstudios. Each window is 39’ tall and 6’ wide, and composed of leaded antique glass by Lamberts. For the black and white windows the glass was an opaque white with black glass paint, while the red windows the glass was a flashed transparent color on clear which was acid etched and shaded in addition to being painted with vitreous enamel paint. The painting was done both by hand and airbrush.
The church was seriously damaged in the Second World War and efforts to restore the church started in the mid 1950s, culminating after the German Unification. The Board of Trustees for the Reconstruction of the church was fundamental in the commissioning of the artistic glass for the church. Professor Uhlig has been involved with the project since 2010, and it is the culmination of his long illustrious career.
Prof. Uhlig hand painted the windows himself, using large Japanese paint brushes. He was assisted in the process with the painting team at Derix Glasstudios, which also did the acid etching/shading, glazing and installation. Professor Uhlig is a highly recognized portrait and landscape painter who does many of his landscape paintings in plein air.
St Johannes is owned by the city of Marburg and it is used for both secular as well as for liturgical functions.
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