Art Historian Elected President of International Center of Medieval Art

Release Date: February 16, 1999 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dorothy F. Glass, professor of art history and a distinguished historian of the Italian art of Europe's Middle Ages, has been elected to a three-year term as president of the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA).

Founded in 1956, the center promotes the study of the visual arts of the Middle Ages. It has a worldwide membership of 1,400 that includes academics, museum professionals, collectors and other enthusiasts.

Glass has been a member of the UB faculty since 1974 and has taught and lectured at universities throughout the United States and Canada. She has received a number of honors and distinguished fellowships during her career, both in the U.S. and abroad.

She is the author of several books, including "Portals, Pilgrimage, and Crusade in Western Tuscany." Considered one of the best and most important art-history books of the last decade, it opened up a new field of medieval pilgrimage studies. She also wrote "Romanesque Sculpture in Campania: Patrons, Programs and Styles" and "Studies on Cosmatesque Pavements."

Glass is a former consulting editor for "The Dictionary of Art," a 28-volume edition published by Macmillan and by Grove's Dictionaries and in 1984 and 1988, respectively, and was a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also has been a reader for several journals, including Medieval Studies, Gesta and Art Bulletin.

ICMA publishes a scholarly journal, Gesta; a newsletter; a list of dissertations on medieval art, and two continuing series, The Census of Romanesque Sculpture in North American Collections and The Census of Gothic Sculpture in North American Collections.

It also organizes symposia, sponsors sessions at international conferences and supports the "Limestone Sculpture Provenance Project," a database containing nearly 2,000 samples from monuments, sculptures, and quarries in France.

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