The Corpus Vitrearum (CV) is an international art historical undertaking whose mission is to compile and publish a systematic scholarly inventory of stained glass. It was founded in 1952, on the initiative of the Swiss art historian Professor Hans Robert Hahnloser, following an increased awareness, brought about by the Second World War, of the threats posed to this heritage. The Corpus Vitrearum currently numbers 14 National Committees in Europe, the USA and Canada. This first international undertaking in the domain of art history, and also its most successful, has seen the publication of over 100 volumes. These coordinated inventories concern pre-19th-century glazing: nevertheless, more recent stained glass is also being studied in relation to the Corpus Vitrearum.
The International Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Stained Glass, a joint committee of the Corpus Vitrearum and ICOMOS, is responsible for international coordination.The Committee has established guidelines for its publications and for the conservation and restoration of stained glass.
Links to the guidelines:
Links to the picture archives of two of the national members:
Corpus Vitrearum Great Britain (picture archive)
Corpus Vitrearum Deutschland (Bildarchiv)