Loren Stump's Murrine Paintings Are Beautifully Complex

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Nov 12, 2014
References: stumpchuck & thisiscolossal
Loren Stump's expertise lies in a special form of glasswork called murrine.

The process involves melting rods of glass together before they're sliced open to expose gorgeous, intricate patterns. This practice is far from new, appearing to originate from the Mideast several thousand years ago. However, Stump has spent the past 35 honing his technique, allowing him to complicate the process by layering portraits and paintings together before cutting them open.

Stump's work is nothing short of amazing. His most difficult piece is his murrine interpretation of 'Virgin on the Rocks,' two classic paintings by Leonardo da Vinci which he has melted to create a singular piece. Stump has perfected an ancient medium, and is now able to use it in beautiful, complex ways that will astonish and delight.