Madeline Caviness: Medieval Stained Glass

Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Bourges, Interior; Prodigal Son window, detail, building 13th century Image and original data provided by Madeline Caviness

Artstor is collaborating with Madeline Caviness, Mary Richardson Professor Emerita at Tufts University, to digitize approximately 1,400 images of medieval stained glass windows. The collection offers extensive coverage of French stained glass, particularly from the cathedrals in Chartres, Reims, and Sens, as well as stained glass from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, and several other European countries. This collection of original color photographs of stained glass has been a core teaching collection for Caviness, as well as for major institutions such as the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Before retiring in 2007, Caviness taught courses in medieval art and architecture and gender and women's studies for over three decades in the department of art and art history. In 1975, she became the first woman appointed as chair of the department, a position she held for ten years. Caviness' research focuses on medieval art, especially stained glass, and its intersection with feminist theory and gender constructions. She has published numerous articles and several monographs, including: Reframing Medieval Art: Difference, Margins, Boundaries (2001); Visualizing Women in the Middle Ages: Sight, Spectacle and Scopic Economy (2001); Medieval Art in the West and its Audience (2001); Paintings on Glass: Studies on Romanesque and Gothic Monumental Art (1997); and Stained Glass Windows (1996). In addition to her scholarship, Caviness has served as president of the International Center of Medieval Art (1984 to 1987) and the Medieval Academy of America (1993 to 1994). From 1987 to 1995, Caviness also served as president of the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA), an international research project founded in 1949 to publish all surviving medieval stained glass. Artstor is also collaborating with the CVMA of Great Britain to distribute images of English stained glass in the Digital Library, which will complement the materials provided by Caviness.