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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

“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 (Brill, 2022), pp. 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 8 (2022), eds. Virginia Blanton, Jennifer Borland, Karen Overbey, Ben Tilghman, and Nancy Thompson:

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

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


Work in Progress

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

Fuga sacra: Inventory & Legacy at Bayeux Cathedral,” Une fresque brodée en l'honneur de Shirley Ann Brown. La Tapisserie de Bayeux vue par ses collègues et amis / A collaborative tapestry in honour of Shirley Ann Brown: the Bayeux Tapestry seen by her colleagues and friends, eds. Sylvette Lemagnen and Gale R. Owen-Crocker (in press Brepols, anticipated 2022).

“Building the Rose Window,” with Ellen Shortell for A Cultural History of Craft in the Medieval Age, vol. 2, ed. Heidi Gearhart, in A Cultural History of Craft, series ed. Clive Edwards (in press, 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.