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 within the Corpus Vitrearum concern stained glass from the Middle Ages to the present.
The International Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Stained Glass, a joint committee of the Corpus Vitrearum and ICOMOS, coordinates the conservation and technology of stained glass paintings.
The Corpus Vitrearum International established two fold guidelines: one the one hand, guidelines defining the organization of the Corpus Vitrearum and the set our principles for ist publications. On the other hand, guidelines outlining the ethical principles underlying the conservation and restauration of stained glass of all periods.
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)