Studies in Medieval Stained Glass and Monasticism


24 x 17 cm
536 pp. 258 illus.
Publication: 2001
ISBN 1 899828 33 8
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 33 3


Book Description

Professor Lillich has studied medieval stained glass – the major painting medium of the Gothic era – for forty years. The articles in this volume discuss the development of stained glass in France from many perspectives, such as the glaziers who produced it, specific glazing techniques and formats of design, evidence of the use of cartoons, types and uses of grisaille and its stylistic development, regional traditions in style, iconography and hagiography, as well as patrons and patronage, often with a particular focus on specifically monastic characteristics, requirements and achievements. Also considered are displaced panels, those dispersed to museums as well as spolia reused in later glazing campaigns and the reasons for such recycling. Of particular interest is the development of stained glass in the late Capetian period, from the aftermath of the High Gothic ensembles of Chartres and Bourges until the introduction of the revolutionizing technique of silver stain in the early fourteenth century. Areas of special importance are those that developed in parallel to the royal style associated with the Île- de-France: the western French regions of Normandy and Aquitaine as well as, to the east, Lorraine at the francophone border and the county of Champagne.


  • Introduction
  • Gothic Glaziers: Monks, Jews, Taxpayers, Bretons, Women
  • European Stained Glass around 1300: The Introduction of Silver Stain
  • The Band Window: A Theory of Origin and Development
  • Three Essays on French Thirteenth Century Grisaille Glass
  • A Redating of the Thirteenth-century Grisaille Windows of Chartres Cathedral
  • An Early Image of St. Louis
  • The Ex-Voto Window at St.-Gengoult, Toul
  • Observations on the Gothic Rose Window with Centripetal Tracery
  • The Monumental Program of the Green Rose of Châlons Cathedral
  • St. Memmie, Bishop of Châlons, and Other Bishop Saints in the Gothic Windows of Châlons Cathedral
  • Remembrance of Things Past: Stained Glass Spolia at Châlons Cathedral
  • More Stained Glass Spolia at Châlons Cathedral
  • Monastic Stained Glass: Patronage and Style
  • Cleanliness with Godliness: A Discussion of Medieval Monastic Plumbing
  • Recent Scholarship Concerning Cistercian Windows
  • Stained Glass from Western France (1250-1325) in American Collections
  • Les vitraux de la cathédrale de Sées a Los Angeles et dans d’autres musées américains
  • A Stained Glass Apostle from Sées Cathedral (Normandy) in the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Bishops from Evron
  • Découverte d’un vitrail perdu de Saint-Père de Chartres
  • Notes
  • Index

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