Special Issue "New Advances in Stained Glass Research: Materials, Production Techniques and Conservation"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marcia Vilarigues
Guest Editor
VICARTE, Research Unit Vidro e Ceramica para as Artes, FCT/UNL, Campus Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Dr. Sophie Wolf
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Vitrocentre Romont, 1680 Romont, Switzerland
Interests: History, technology and conservation of stained glass and reverse glass paintings
Dr. Teresa Palomar
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICV-CSIC) Interest: Glass, stained-glass windows, degradation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The history of stained glass has fascinated researchers since the 19th century. Over the past two or three decades there has been a remarkable increase of research into stained glass. Developments in the field of non-destructive analysis and the use of interdisciplinary approaches have opened up new perspectives, and research continues to offer new insights into the materials and techniques used in stained glass production and to provide information about the creative process, traditions, the connections between artists and workshops from divers art fields and, not at least, about the deterioration and the conservation of these fragile artworks. Open-access databases and modern digital technologies promote scientific exchange between research communities as well as among an interested public. Heritage, an international peer-reviewed open-access journal of cultural and natural heritage science published quarterly by MDPI, has therefore launched a call for papers for a special issue dedicated to the latest results in the field of stained glass research.

Contributions on the following themes are welcome:
- Technical aspects of the production of stained glass
- The degradation of stained glass
- Stained glass conservation
- The importance of databases in the field of stained glass research.

As guest editors of this issue, we would like to invite you to submit original research papers and articles that provide an up-to-date critical overview of research in one of the aforementioned fields. Please feel free to forward this call for papers to your colleagues and students.

We look forward to receiving your contribution!

Dr. Marcia Vilarigues
Dr. Sophie Wolf
Dr. Teresa Palomar
Guest Editors

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts may be submitted from now until 31 August 2021. They are to be submitted online via the journal’s website. For further information and submission instructions, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/heritage/special_issues/stained_glass#info.

Reviewing process and publication

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. The peer-reviewing process should take no longer than 6 weeks from the moment of submission. Articles will be available online as soon as they are accepted. The official launch of the special issue will be in January 2022 and coincide with the beginning of the International Year of Glass (http://www.iyog2022.org/).

Time table

Deadline of submission: 31 August 2021

Official launch of the special issue: January 2022 (International Year of Glass 2022)

Publication fee

Heritage is an open access journal. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). However, the publisher MDPI has several policies in place to support authors who cannot afford the APC by either waiving the fee or by giving a 50% reduction. Please contact the Managing Editor of the Heritage Editorial Office, Ginny Zhang ([email protected]) for further information and conditions for support.


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Dating Nathan: The Oldest Stained Glass Window in England?
Heritage 2021, 4(2), 937-960; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4020051 - 05 Jun 2021
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Relatively little is known about stained glass windows in England predating c. 1170; however, art-historical evaluation by Caviness (1987) argued that four figures from the “Ancestors series” of Canterbury Cathedral, usually dated to the late 12th and early 13th century, in fact date [...] Read more.
Relatively little is known about stained glass windows in England predating c. 1170; however, art-historical evaluation by Caviness (1987) argued that four figures from the “Ancestors series” of Canterbury Cathedral, usually dated to the late 12th and early 13th century, in fact date earlier (c. 1130–1160). This would place them amongst the earliest stained glass in England, and the world. Building on our previous work, we address Caviness’s hypothesis using a methodology based upon analysis of a few, well-measured heavy trace elements and a 3D-printed attachment for a pXRF spectrometer that facilitates in situ analysis. The results confirm two major periods of “recycling” or re-using medieval glass. The first is consistent with Caviness’s argument that figures predating the 1174 fire were reused in the early 13th century. The results suggest that in addition to figures, ornamental borders were reused, indicating the presence of more early glass than previously thought. In the second period of recycling (1790s), surviving figures from the Ancestors series were removed and adapted into rectangular panels for insertion into large Perpendicular-style windows elsewhere in the cathedral. The results show that the glasses used to adapt the panels to a rectangular shape were broadly contemporary with the glasses used to glaze the original Ancestors windows, again representing a more extensive presence of medieval glass in the windows. Full article
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