The Art and Science of Nineteenth-Century Stained Glass: Conference in Oxford, 22–23 April 2016

Fig. 1. Metz, town hall: portrait of the Duc de Guise, c.1863, by Maréchal de Metz.

Fig. 1. Metz, town hall: portrait of the Duc de Guise, c.1863, by Maréchal de Metz.

The remarkable revival of the art of stained glass in the nineteenth century sprang from the convergence of renewed interest in an ancient art form with modern science. While nineteenth-century stained glass has been the subject of an increasing number of art-historical studies over the last thirty years, the interdisciplinary approach to the subject has received little sustained scholarly attention. The conference will explore the relationships between technological developments and artistic evolution, chemistry and aesthetics, and modern analytical techniques and our understanding of works in stained glass from this period. Over two days, scholars, conservators and historians from both France and Britain will share their research and propose new perspectives on this stage in the medium’s history.

The keynote lecture will be given by Jean-François Luneau, formerly heritage conservator and conference convenor at the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand (France); other speakers include Dr David Dungworth (Head of Archaeological Conservation and Technology at Historic England); and Mme Viviane Bulckaen (a stained-glass conservator who has worked extensively in glass, stained glass, and ceramics).

22 April, 5pm, keynote lecture followed by drinks at the Maison Française d’Oxford
23 April, 9.30am – 5pm, conference at Ertegun House, Oxford

The conference is sponsored by the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities and the Maison Française d’Oxford. While the conference is free and all interested parties are welcome, attendees are kindly asked to register by emailing Please also feel free to contact us with any questions. For more details, please visit the conference website.

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