Elizabeth Carson Pastan



Office: M26 Carlos Hall
Phone: 404-727-6286
Email: epastan@emory.edu

Mailing Address:

Art History Department
Emory University
M26 Carlos Hall
Atlanta, GA 30322

Curriculum Vitae


Elizabeth Carson Pastan (Ph.D., Brown University, 1986)

Research Interests
Medieval art and architecture; Medieval Stained Glass; Monumental pictorial cycles: issues of text and image; the Cult of Relics; Medievalism.

Selected Publications

  • Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass, co-editor with Brigette Kurmann-Schwarz (Leiden: Brill, 2019)
  • The Bayeux Tapestry and its Contexts: A Reassessment, with Stephen D. White and Kate Gilbert (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2014).
  •  Journal of Glass Studies 56 (October, 2014), Guest editor with Mary B. Shepard.    
  • The Four Modes of Seeing: Approaches to Medieval Imagery in honor of Madeline Harrison Caviness, co-editor with Evelyn Staudinger Lane and Ellen Shortell (Farnham: Ashgate Publishers, 2009).
  • Les vitraux du choeur de la cathédrale de Troyes (XIIIsiècle), co-authored with Sylvie Balcon, Corpus Vitrearum France, vol. II (Paris: Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques [CTHS], 2006).

Recent Articles

  •  “Glazing Romanesque and Gothic Buildings” in A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe, ed. Conrad Rudolph (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers), revised second edition.
  •  “Imagined Patronage: the Bayeux Embroidery and its Interpretive History,” and Foreword in Medieval Patronage: Power & Agency in Medieval Art, ed. Colum Hourihane, Index of Christian Art, Princeton, Occasional Papers XV (Princeton: The Index of Christian Art, Dept. of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, in association with the Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013), 54-75 and xi-xii.
  •  J. Pierpont Morgan and the Collecting of the Twelfth-Century Stained-Glass  Panels from Troyes,” Collections of Stained Glass and their Histories, ed. by Tim     Ayers, Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz, Claudine Lautier and Hartmut Scholz (Bern: Peter Lang, 2012), 227-38.
  •  “Building Stories: The Representation of Architecture in the Bayeux Embroidery,” in Anglo-Norman Studies 33 (2011), 150-85.

Work in Progress

  • “Is Patronage a Useful Category of Art Historical Analysis?” in The Ashgate Research Companion to Medieval Iconography, ed. Colum Hourihane (Farnum: Ashgate Publishers, in press). 
  • Item, une tente très-longue: the Inventory of Bayeux Cathedral and its Implications,” Making Sense of the Bayeux Tapestry: Readings and Reworkings, eds Anna Henderson and Gale R. Owen-Crocker (Manchester: Manchester University Press, in press). 
  • “Fables, Bestiaries and the Bayeux Embroidery: Man’s Best Friend meets the ‘Animal Turn,’”  in Our Dogs, Our Selves: Dogs In Medieval And Early Modern Society, ed. Laura D. Gelfand, (Leiden: Brill Publishers, in press). 

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.