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Virginia Raguin, Professor of Art History

Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity and Islam

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil
Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur, 1918

My primary interest as a scholar has been the exploration of architectural context and the art of stained glass as part of that environment.


Saint Anne teaching
the Virgin to Read
about 1430
York, All Saints North Street

The art of stained glass creates architectural planes that permit illumination while transforming the experience of general light to one meaningful to the purpose of a building. Produced by monks, bishops, kings, and also by grieving parents, parish subscription, and a host of anonymous patrons, these windows reveal the deepest values of their makers.
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