(quote) Steven-706921 said: For example, how about the statues and stained glass window in Catholic Churches up to the 1950s? They were more than just pretty artwork; but they were visual Gospel readings, that is sermons and readings of the Gospel without words.
Just regarding statues and stained glass windows, I suspect (though I'm not certain) that the reduced use of statues and stained glass in churches in the past 50 years (or so), probably has more to due with high cost (due to much higher labor costs to produce these works of art) than a conscious decision to remove them from churches. I can think of a few churches built in recent decades where the high cost of these items was/is a big obstacle.
One new (about 12 years old) and quite large church (St. Clare parish) was built in a very fast-growing area of Roseville, CA (in northern CA). The church needed to be built to handle all of the new people moving to that area, but they couldn't necessarily afford to completely outfit the church with artwork right away. I believe that about three years ago they finally received commissioned artwork/sculptures for the Stations of the Cross. Everyone was rather excited to see this new addition to the church. The 6+ ft. tall crucifix hanging over the alter was quite expensive, as it was hand-carved (from wood) in Italy. I noticed a new statue of Jesus recently. The church uses colored/stained glass sparingly, but that is not uncommon on mission churches.
Although St. Clare Catholic Church may look a bit spartan by some people's tastes, the architecture is quite reminiscent of the many Spanish-style mission churches so prevalent in California and Mexico... but with a newer look. For those not familiar with the Spanish mission churches >>> See photos at link below: www.google.com
The Spanish missions in California
comprise a series of religious
and military outposts established by Spanish Catholics
of the Franciscan
Order between 1769 and 1833 to spread
the Christian faith
among the local Native Americans
. The missions represented the first major effort by Europeans to colonize the Pacific Coast
region, and gave Spain a valuable toehold in the frontier land.
Here is a URL for St. Clare Catholic Church: stclareroseville.com
The photos don't really do it justice, as many detail cannot be easily seen, but it will give you an idea of the architecture.