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New Books

Véronique David, Michel Hérold et al., Vitrail, Ve-XXIe siècle, Éditions du Patrimoine, 2014

Fig. 1. Vitrail Ve - XXIe siècle.

Fig. 1. Vitrail Ve – XXIe siècle.

This book published last month explores the history of glass from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, highlighting the extraordinary vitality of this art throughout the centuries. Written by fifteen specialists of ancient and contemporary glass, the book offers a synthesis of the extraordinary riches of the art of stained glass in France and explores issues such as historical context, monumental design, private settings, and the collaboration between painters and glass artists. The text is accompanied by over 600 exceptional illustrations, showing stained glass both in architectural settings and under observation at close quarters.

The authors’ names will be familiar to the CVMA community: Michel Hérold, Véronique David, Sylvie Berry Balcony, Karine Boulanger, Jean-Charles Cappronnier, Françoise Gatouillat, Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz, Claudine Lautier, Guy-Michel Leproux, Philippe Lorentz, Jean-François Luneau, Isabelle Pallot-Frossard, Elisabeth Pillet, Laurence Riviale, and Guy Rousvoal.

The book is available for purchase online.

James Bugslag and Ariane Isler-de Jongh, The Stained Glass of the Hosmer Collection, McGill University, McGill-Queens University Press, 2014

Fig. 2. The Stained Glass of the Hosmer Collection McGill University.

Fig. 2. The Stained Glass of the Hosmer Collection McGill University.

This volume focuses on the Hosmer Collection, one of the most significant collections of secular pre-modern stained glass in North America and the largest in Canada, consisting of panels intended for windows of private residences and non-religious spaces. The book addresses the diverse subject matter (ranging from allegories to heraldic displays), provenance (the Low Countries and Switzerland), style and dating, and puts forward new ideas on collecting practices, architectural design, and the installation of pre-modern stained glass in new buildings.

The book can be purchased online.