IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 802: Stained Glass and Liturgy in French Gothic Cathedrals

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Mary B. Shepard, International Center for Medieval Art, New York
Moderator/Chair:Mary B. Shepard, International Center for Medieval Art, New York
Paper 802-aGlazing a Stage for the Liturgy at Beauvais
(Language: English)
Michael W. Cothren, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Liturgy
Paper 802-bPenitential Sequences in Liturgy and Imagery: The Spaces and Stained Glass of Chartres Cathedral
(Language: English)
Laura Hollengreen, School of Architecture, University of Arizona
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Liturgy
Paper 802-cCoronation Liturgy and the Nave Clerestory Windows of Reims Cathedral
(Language: English)
Meredith P. Lillich, Department of Fine Arts, Syracuse University, New York
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Liturgy
Abstract

The link between the effulgent nature of medieval stained-glass windows and the simile of the Gothic cathedral as Heavenly Jerusalem has long been understood. Yet the interrelationship between stained glass and the cathedral’s liturgical function has been little explored. This session will probe the association between stained galss and liturgy by presenting three case studies involving the seminal French cathedrals of Beauvais, Chartres, and Reims. Not only is the session’s goal to better understand the multifaceted purpose of these individual glazing ensembles and their layered readings, but to further this kind of contextual study among specialists of medieval art.