Dear Colleagues,

Due to the current circumstances, the Catalan Committee of the CVMA, with the endorsement of the International Committee, must notify their intentions in relation to the holding of the CVMA Forum and Colloquium scheduled in Barcelona for July 2020. There are still three and a half months until the Congress, and the National Committee is continuing to pursue its work. The Committee will make every effort to ensure that the Congress is celebrated in a safe environment. However, the Catalan Committee has decided that if at the end of May the situation has not improved, we will have to postpone the celebration, attending to the indications of health authorities.

The following months will be complicated but it is important to avoid alarmism. The meeting will only be postponed until the following year if necessary. The decision will not be taken unless, in these decisive days, there is an indication of the epidemic evolving for the worse. If the meeting needs to be postponed it will be, and the Catalan Committee is ready to reschedule the events.

Our warm regards,

Catalan Committee of the CVMA


Colloquium is organised by the Catalan Corpus Vitrearum and the International Corpus Vitrearum in conjunction with the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. The UAI and other local institutions also take part on the organization of this meeting.

Registration from Monday 6th July 2020.

The five day program is divided as follows: There will be one day program of papers and presentations in the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (C/ del Carme, 47. Barcelona), followed by a further three days of papers and presentations in different locations (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Museu d’Art de Cerdanyola, Girona). There will be also optional visits.

The Forum for the Conservation and Technology of Historic Stained Glass will be celebrated from the 9th to the 11th of July.


The white washed table from Girona provides evidence of the construction process for some of the 14th century windows in Girona Cathedral.  The survival of this type of evidence helps us get closer to understanding the different roles within a team that was capable of designing and creating such large expanses of stained glass. The relation between artists and glaziers has changed and developed but has always been part of the history of stained glass. Artists such as Gaudí provide a more recent example of this kind of collaboration.

The 30th Colloquium of the Corpus Vitrearum will be dedicated to the study of the different roles undertaken in large stained glass projects. Who is the author of the final piece? What were the influences in medieval stained glass windows and what can they tell us about its creator? Fine Artists have often been shown to influence stained glass makers, but, can we talk about stained glass artists influencing other disciplines? Should we consider the repetition of designs in the 19th Century as a series or as a new technique representative of this period? What training did the workshop members and stained glass artists have?


Anyone who wants to submit a communication proposal or poster, should contact their national committee before June 2019. Marking your submission ‘Colloquium 2020’.

Initial proposals are for papers or posters of no more than 2500 characters (including spaces) in length. Abstracts should be accompanied by a CV. If your proposal is accepted, you will be expected to supply an article of 26000 characters (including spaces) for inclusion in the preprints volume. No oral presentation will be accepted without submission of a satisfactory preprint article.

Languages: Oral presentations, preprint articles and posters will be accepted in the three official languages of the Corpus Vitrearum: English, French and German.