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Elizabeth Carson PastanProfessor


  • Ph.D., Brown University, 1986
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1979

Research Interests

  • Medieval art and architecture
  • Medieval Stained Glass
  • Monumental pictorial cycles: issues of text and image
  • The Cult of Relics
  • Medievalism


Quid Est Sacramentum

Quid Est Sacramentum?: Visual Representation of Sacred Mysteries in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1700, Walter S. Melion, Elizabeth Carson Pastan, and Lee Palmer Wandell eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2020).

Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass Book Cover

Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass, Elizabeth Carson Pastan and Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz eds.(Leiden: Brill, 2019).

The Bayeux Tapestry and its Contexts, Elizabeth Carson Pastan

The Bayeux Tapestry and its Contexts: A Reassessment, with Stephen D. White and Kate Gilbert (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2014).

Journal of Glass - Elizabeth Carson Pastan

Elizabeth Carson Pastan and Mary B. Shepard, co-editors, special section, "Stained Glass: Collaborations, Analogies, and Investigations," Journal of Glass Studies, vol. 56 (2014): 229-350.

Imagined Patronage - Elizabeth Carson Pastan

Co-organizer, Foreword, and “Imagined Patronage: the Bayeux Embroidery and its Interpretive History,” in Medieval Patronage: Power & Agency in Medieval Art, Colum Hourihane ed., Index of Christian Art, Princeton, Occasional Papers XV (Princeton: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013), xi-xii, and 54-75.

Four Modes of Seeing - Elizabeth Carson Pastan

The Four Modes of Seeing: Approaches to Medieval Imagery in honor of Madeline Harrison Caviness, Evelyn Staudinger Lane, Elizabeth Carson Pastan, and Ellen Shortell eds. (Oxford: Ashgate Publishers, 2009).

Les vitraux du choeur de la cathédrale de Troyes - Elizabeth Carson Pastan

Les vitraux du choeur de la cathédrale de Troyes (XIIIe siècle), co-authored with Sylvie Balcon, Corpus Vitrearum France, vol. II (Paris: Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques [CTHS], 2006).

Recent Articles

“Regarding the Early Rose Window,” in Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass: Medium, Methods, Expressions, Brill Reading Medieval Sources series,  Elizabeth Carson Pastan and Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz eds. (Brill, 2019), 269-81.

“‘Familiar as the Rose in Spring’: The Circular Window in the West Façade of Saint-Denis,’” Viator 49.1 (2018), 99-152.

“Glazing Medieval Buildings” in A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe, ed. Conrad Rudolph, second revised edition (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2018), 627-56.

“Patronage: A useful category of art historical analysis?” in The Routledge Companion to Medieval Iconography, ed. Colum Hourihane (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 340-55.


Work in Progress

“What if it wasn’t Mary? On the western rose window of Notre-Dame of Paris,” Different Visions: Visualizing Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages in honor of Rachel Dressler, eds. Virginia Blanton, Jennifer Borland, Karen Overbey, Ben Tilghman, and Nancy Thompson (in press, forthcoming 2021).

“Seeing and Not Seeing the Rose Window of Lausanne Cathedral,” co-authored with Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz, in Unfolding Narratives: Art,Architecture, and the Moving Viewer, circa 300-1500 CE, ed. Anne Heath and Gillian Elliott (in press, Brill, forthcoming 2021).

Selected Seminars

Medieval Art as a Text for the Illiterate; The Gothic Site; Methods in Medieval Studies; The Medieval Bestiary: Representing the Other in Medieval Art; Visualizing the Medieval Cult of Saints; Materials & Meanings in Medieval Art.