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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, eds. Walter S. Melion, Elizabeth Carson Pastan, and Lee Palmer Wandell (Leiden: Brill, 2020)

Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass Book Cover

Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass, eds. Elizabeth Carson Pastan and Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz (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, ed. Colum Hourihane, 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, eds. 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

“Seeing and Not Seeing the Rose Window of Lausanne Cathedral,” co-authored with Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz, Chapter 1 in Unfolding Narratives: Art, Architecture, and the Moving Viewer, circa 300-1500 CE, eds. Anne Heath and Gillian Elliott (Leiden: Brill, 2022), 19-55

It ought to be Mary: on themes in 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 8 (2022)

“The Curious Case of the Prostitutes’ Window,” Codex Aquilarensis: Revista de Arte Medieval, in honor of Herbert L. Kessler 37 (2021): 395-412

Returning to Panofsky’s Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism: a window on his Method and Approach,” Folia Historiae Artium 19 (2021): 75-84 

Work in Progress

“In Praise of Patina? Reflections on the Restorations at Chartres Cathedral,” in On the Borders of the Realm: Studies in Honor of Ted Evergates, eds. Anne Lester and Randall Todd Pippinger (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2023)

“Building the Rose Window,” with Ellen Shortell, in A Cultural History of Craft in the Medieval Age, vol. 2, ed. Heidi Gearhart, in A Cultural History of Craft, series ed. Clive Edwards (London: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2023)

Selected Seminars

The Luminous Image: Investigations into Medieval Stained Glass; Materials & Materiality in Medieval Art; Embodiment: Investigating the Body in Medieval Art; Medieval Art as a Text for the Illiterate; The Medieval Bestiary: Representing the Other in Medieval Art; Visualizing the Medieval Cult of Saints.