Corpus Vitrearum - une entreprise de recherche internationale
In 1952, under the impression of the endangerment of historical stained glass during the Second World War, an internationally organised research enterprise in art history was founded in Amsterdam on the initiative of the Swiss art historian Hans Robert Hahnloser. The aim of the Corpus Vitrearum is the systematic scholarly inventorying, research and publication of historical stained glass and thus the protection and preservation of theses witnesses of their ages. Jointly developed guidelines for publications and restoration ethics lay the foundation for this. At present, the Corpus Vitrearum has 15 national committees in Europe, the USA and Canada. More than 100 corpus and study volumes document and communicate the glass cultural heritage. In addition, digital presentation is becoming increasingly important in several countries – the online platform vitrosearch of the Vitrocentre Romont is playing a pioneering role. In Switzerland, twelve corpus volumes have been published to date on the stained glass of the Middle Ages and the holdings of early modern stained glass in the cantons of Aargau, Fribourg, Schaffhausen, Zug and Bern. The recently completed inventory of stained glass in the canton of Thurgau extends to the present day. The collections of the city of Geneva and the holdings of the canton of Basel-Stadt, an important centre of stained glass in the Old Swiss Confederation, are currently being researched.
Fig. 1: The logo of the Corpus Vitrearum International.
Fig. 2: Publications of the Corpus Vitrearum Switzerland.
Fig. 3: More than hundred volumes…
Guidelines of the Corpus Vitrearum 2016: http://cvi.cvma-freiburg.de/en/richt/index.html
Guidelines for the Conservation and Restoration of Stained Glass 2004: http://cvi.cvma-freiburg.de/en/richt/richt_kons.html