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Websites of the Corpus Vitrearum

CVMA Austria
A well-illustrated website. The Galerie is full of stunning photographs. Texts are in German only.

CVMA France, Andre Chastell Centre, Paris
The Andre Chastell Centre specialises in French art history, including stained glass. The Glass team produces CVMA volumes and is led by Dr Claudine Lautier. The site contains images of stained glass.

CVMA Great Britain
The publishers of Vidimus. Website has over 17,000 images of stained glass

CVMA Germany
Freiburg: information on the organisation and activities of CVMA Freiburg, including a limited picture gallery. (some information in English)

Potsdam: information on publications by and contacts at CVMA Potsdam. (a page in English is in preparation)

Esslingen: an informative site, authored by CVMA Freiburg, on the extensive 13th and 14th-century stained glass of Esslingen, Germany. (includes information in English)

CVMA International

CVMA Italy
A searchable database of Italian stained glass

Corpus Vitrearum Switzerland

For information, c/o the Swiss Research Centre for Stained Glass and Glass Art

CVMA USA Committee
A short guide to the members and activities of the CVMA [USA].

UK Museums

These links are to museums which contain significant amounts of medieval, and later, stained glass in their collections. The websites for The Stained Glass Museum and for the Victoria & Albert Museum include a range of images of stained glass.

The Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Hungate Medieval Art, Norwich
The Hungate Medieval Art Centre in Norwich focuses on stained glass on East Anglia.

The National Galleries of Scotland
The home page of Scotland’s national galleries. The National Gallery of Scotland itself houses the vidimus that features on the home page of Vidimus.

The Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Museums Elsewhere

The following links are to major international museums with stained glass in their collections. Those websites that include a particular focus on the museum’s stained glass, or a range of its images, are noted.

Brussels: Royal Museums of Art and History Musée du Cinquantenaire

Chartres: Centre International du Vitrail

Cologne: The Schnütgen Museum
Housed in a disused medieval church this Museum specialises in the art of the Middle Ages. Its web site includes good images of stained glass. The site has pages in English.

Linnich, Glasmalerei-Museum
Site of the German stained glass museum, devoted to stained glass from the middle ages to the present day. Although the site has an English version, this was not functioning when the first issue of Vidimus was released.

Los Angeles: The Getty Museum


New York: The Cloisters Museum
This New York museum specialises in art from the Middle Ages. The website includes images of stained glass. It is a branch museum of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paris: Musée National du Moyen Age
The Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris is housed in the former Parisian Mansion of the Abbots of Cluny. Exhibits include a important collection of stained glass, some of which can be viewed on the museum website. The site has pages in English.

Paris: Louvre Museum

Romont: Stained Glass Museum at Romont, Switzerland and the Swiss Research Centre for Stained Glass and Glass Art
http://www.vitromusee.ch and www.vitrocentre.ch

St Petersburg: The Hermitage Museum
This museum has an important collection of medieval stained glass. Selected examples from its collection can now be viewed on-line.

UK Monuments

The following links are to major stained glass monuments in the UK. Those websites which include a particular focus on the building’s stained glass, or a range of images, are noted.

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Canterbury Cathedral
A discussion of the cathedral’s stained glass, and the cathedral studios, can be found under ‘History and Heritage’.

Great Malvern Priory

Tewkesbury Abbey

York Minster

York, All Saints North Street
Information about, and images of, many of the church’s late medieval windows is presented in the section entitled ‘About our church’, under ‘Stained Glass’.

Glass Organisations

American Glass Guild
The ASGG is the leading organisation for stained glass artists and conservators in the USA.

The Association for the Restoration and Conservation of Stained Glass in Spain maintain a website and regularly publish a Journal (ARCOVE La Revista: http://www.arcove.org/publicaciones.html) both of which provide an extensive insight into historic stained glass windows in Spain, as well as other news and information in the wider glass world in the Spanish speaking countries. All articles in the Journal are published in Spanish, but there are some helpful English summaries.

The Association for the History of Glass

The British Society of Master Glass-Painters

Centre International du Vitrail, Chartres

Institute for Stained Glass in Canada
This website contains more than 2,000 images of stained glass in Canada.

The Society of Glass Technology
The Society of Glass Technology encourages the study of the history, art, science, design, manufacture, after treatment, distribution and end use of glass of any and every kind.

The Stained Glass Association of America
The SGAA is a professional trade body which also publishes a quarterly magazine and publications of interest to conservators and historians, see:

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass


Churches Conservation Trust
The Churches Conservation Trust cares for over 340 historic churches, including some with excellent medieval glass. Good examples include St Mary’s church, Shrewsbury and St George’s, Edworth, Bedfordshire. Visit this site to learn more and to support the Trust.

CADW, Welsh Historic Monuments

English Heritage

Historic Churches Preservation Trust

Historic Scotland

Monastic Wales

National Trust



The Douai-Rheims Bible
The Catholic church responded to these challenges by producing its own translated versions of the Vulgate. An English version of The New Testament was published by the English College at Rheims in 1582, followed by an approved version of Old Testament by the English College at Douai [Douay] in 1609. The whole Douay-Rheims Bible was subsequently revised by Bishop Richard Challoner in 1749-1752. A copy of this later version can now be read on-line: http://www.drbo.org/index.htm

The King James Bible of 1611
After the Reformation English churches used the ‘Great Bible’ commissioned during the reign of Henry VIII and prepared by Myles Coverdale. In 1568 another version appeared, The Bishops’ Bible, which was itself revised. In 1604 the newly enthroned James I convened the Hampton Court conference to oversee the production of a third English version, following complaints about the earlier translations. An electronic edition of the 1611 King James Bible is provided by the University of Virginia: http://etext.virginia.edu/kjv.browse.html

The Latin Vulgate Bible
Before the Reformation the medieval catholic church used St Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible known as the Vulgate. A parallel Latin/English edition can be read at: http://www.latinvulgate.com/

Other Texts

The Golden Legend
Many articles in Vidimus refer to stories told in this anthology of saints’ lives compiled by Jacobus de Voragine artound 1260. A translated version of this important source book can be read at: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/goldenlegend/

The Journal of William Dowsing
William Dowsing was a seventeenth century English puritan iconoclast who kept a journal recording his destruction of ‘offensive to scripture’ stained glass. It can be read here: : http://www.williamdowsing.org/

Image Galleries

Austrian stained glass
Selected images of Austrian stained glass appear on this site. To find the images of stained glass, use the left hand menu bar, click on ‘Details’ and go the bottom of the page until you find Glasfenster.

Buckinghamshire Stained Glass [UK]
Monica & Cliff Robinson have created an invaluable site containing details of over 1,000 stained glass windows in Buckinghamshire. The site includes about 2,000 photographs.

California State University
This link leads directly to the stained glass aspect of California State University’s well illustrated World Art Site and includes a large gallery of images.

Corpus Narratologica [France]
A web site with excellent images of stained glass windows from Bourges, Les Mans, Poitiers and Chartres.

Information and images relating to medieval stained glass from Esslingen am Neckar (Germany).

Foto Marburg
This famous picture archive includes many images of stained glass. The website is in German.

The Gertrude and Robert Metcalf Collection of Images of Stained Glass at The Index of Christian Art, Princeton USA
The Metcalf Collection of pre-World War II photographs of European stained glass windows (mainly French)

Gordon Plumb
Gordon Plumb is one of England’s leading photographers of stained glass. He has contributed images to both the main CVMA site and to Vidimus.

Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique/Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium (Royal Institute for the Study and Conservation of Belgium’s Artistic Heritage)
Stained glass is represented among the several hundred thousand items.

Louvre Museum, Paris, data base

The Medieval Stained Glass Photographic Archive
Painton Cowen’s new website with 10,000 images of French and English stained glass.

Michigan Stained Glass [USA]
The Michigan Stained Glass Census census is run by the Michigan State University Museum. It includes an impressive photo archive as well as lots of information about American stained glass artists.

Norfolk Stained Glass [UK]
An expanding web site with high quality images of medieval – and later – stained glass from Norfolk.

Rose window project, University of Sunderland
This site is dedicated to the discussion and illustration of medieval rose windows.

The Salisbury Project, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
A 2,000 picture archive about this famous cathedral, including images of stained glass.

St Pauls, Brandenburg, Germany
A dazzling photographic website created by the CVMA [Potsdam] of the stained glass in this former abbey. For information about the site visit: Vidimus 28, April 2009.

St John’s church, Gouda, Holland
http://goudseglazen.vrtour.eu/; http://www.vrtour.eu/paasglazen
The 16th-century windows in St John’s church [ Sint Janskerk] in Gouda are the finest examples of surviving early glass in Holland. Two websites provide excellent guides to the church and its famous glass.

Stained Glass from its Origins to the Present
CVMA author, Professor Virginia Raguin has created a helful teaching aide resource with selected images from her book, Stained Glass from its Origins to the Present, New York: Abrams, 2003.

Other Useful Sites

Art History
Mary Ann Sullivan, Professor Emerita of English and Art History at Bluffton University Ohio, has created a website with 16,000 images which include architecture, sculpture and much else of interest to Vidimus readers.

Church Stained Glass Records [UK]
Gordon Plumb Gordon Plumb is one of England’s leading photographers of stained glass. He has contributed images to both the main CVMA site and to Vidimus. To see more of his work visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/sets/

Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture

Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland
A searchable, digital archive of British and Irish Romanesque sculpture.

Different Visions
A USA-based, free, online academic magazine specialising in new approaches to medieval art, including stained glass.

French site with a vast range of information on stained glass.

International Centre for Medieval Art [USA]
World-wide organization dedicated to the study of medieval art and culture, including stained glass

Lambeth Palace Church Plans Project
Project by Lambeth Palace Library to digitize and provide access to church plans held in the Incorporated Church Building Society archive. The database, searchable by place, people or date, contains plans of many churches featured in the CVMA picture archive.

Medieval Art and Architecture – Chartres Cathedral
A comprehensive website maintained by Dr Alison Stones of the University of Pittsburg with information about the architecture and stained glass of Chartres cathedral.

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