American Institutions with Stained-Glass Panels Dating before 1700
To aid in researching stained-glass panels dating to before 1700 now in the United States of America, we have gathered links to museums with important examples in their holdings. The listed museums all provide digital access to objects in their collections. Most have search engines, including some that allow searches by provenance and iconography. However, the list is limited to museums whose websites include searchable databases. In certain cases, stained glass published in the US Checklists does not appear currently in museum databases. We are continuing to research these situations and will augment this listing accordingly.
Stained-glass from before 1700 now installed in churches or schools is not included in this list.
It is our hope that this resource will be of use to researchers and will facilitate access to many of the important works of medieval and Early Modern stained glass now in the United States. The databases were not all created with stained glass in mind. Therefore, several different search terms (e.g. stained glass, “stained glass”, glass window, panel) might be necessary to find a given piece. The level of information provided also varies considerably from one site to another.
The list below is organized by state, including the District of Columbia, and then by city. Museums are listed alphabetically with each city’s designation.
San Diego Museum of Art: http://collection.sdmart.org/POR1
San Francisco Museums of Art, the Legion of Honor Museum: https://art.famsf.org/
Stanford University, Cantor Arts Center: http://cantorcollection.stanford.edu/
Denver Art Museum: https://denverartmuseum.org/collection/
District of Columbia
National Gallery of Art: https://www.nga.gov/collection/collection-search.html
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art: https://collections.si.edu/search/index.htm
NB: Search using “stained glass” and refine your search (under “Search options”) to “Limit to Museum Objects”
The Art Institute of Chicago: https://www.artic.edu/collection
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas: https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/
The Baltimore Museum of Art: https://www.artbma.org/collections/index.html
NB.This database does not search by medium. Search panels by titles.
The Walters Art Museum: https://art.thewalters.org/
Amherst College, Mead Art Museum: http://museums.fivecolleges.edu/
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: https://collections.mfa.org/collections
NB. Search for both “stained glass” and “windows”; the latter leads to the Hereford window, the former to everything else.
Harvard University Art Museums: https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections
Wellesley College, Davis Museum: https://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/explore-the-collections
Williams College Museum of Art: https://artmuseum.williams.edu/collection/
Worcester Art Museum: https://worcester.emuseum.com/collections
University of Michigan Museum of Art: https://www.umma.umich.edu/search-the-collection
Detroit Institute of Arts: https://www.dia.org/art/collection/dia-collection
Minneapolis Institute of Art: https://new.artsmia.org/
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: https://art.nelson-atkins.org/collections
NB. Search under “glass.”
Saint Louis Art Museum: https://www.slam.org/collection/objects/
Princeton University Art Museum: https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/collections
Albright-Knox Art Gallery: King emerging from a Jesse Tree (no image): https://www.albrightknox.org/artworks/1973501-king-emerging-tree-jesse
Corning Museum of Glass: https://www.cmog.org/collection/search
New York City
Brooklyn Museum: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/search
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum: https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/search
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection
University of Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery,: https://magart.rochester.edu/IT_-1
Duke University, Nasher Museum of Art: https://emuseum.nasher.duke.edu/collections
North Carolina Museum of Art (no images): https://ncartmuseum.org/art/search/
Cleveland Museum of Art: https://www.clevelandart.org/
Oberlin College, Allen Memorial Art Museum: http://www2.oberlin.edu/amam/collection.html
Toledo Museum of Art: http://emuseum.toledomuseum.org/collections
The Glencairn Museum (which houses the Raymond Pitcairn Collection)
NB. While the museum Web site does not host a search engine, selected panels in the collection can be searched using the Radiance and Reflection catalogue: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/radiance_and_reflection_medieval_art_from_the_raymond_pitcairn_collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art: https://philamuseum.org/collections/search.html
NB. Search for “stained glass” under “Classification”
Carnegie Museum of Art: https://collection.cmoa.org/
NB. Search “stained glass” and refine by date.
University of Pittsburgh, University Art Gallery (no images): https://uag.pitt.edu/index.php/Search/advanced/objects
Rhode Island School of Design Museum: https://risdmuseum.org/art-design/collection
Bob Jones University, Museum & Gallery. NB: No general searchable database is available. However the French, 16th-century window depicting the Fountain of Life is published: https://www.bjumg.org/?s=stained+glass
Vanderbilt University, Fine Arts Gallery: https://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/gallery/collections/europe.php
McNay Art Museum: https://www.mcnayart.org/
University of Vermont, Fleming Museum of Art: https://www.uvm.edu/fleming/collections
NB. As of March 2020, development of the collection search function was in progress, soon to be implemented.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: https://www.vmfa.museum/collections/european-art/
The University of Wisconsin, Chazen Museum of Art: http://embarkkiosk.chazen.wisc.edu/QS_5