Scheuer Family Professor of Humanities,
Chair and Art History Coordinator
B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1973
M.A., (1974) and Ph.D. (1980), Columbia University
Area of Specialization
Gothic Art and Architecture
ArtH 001C - Making Art History (First-Year Seminar)
ArtH 002 - The Western Tradition
ArtH 014 - Early Medieval Art and Architecture
ArtH 020 - Majors Workshop
ArtH 045 - Gothic
ArtH 147 - Visual Narrative Honors Seminar
In addition to teaching courses in art history at Swarthmore, Professor Cothren is also consultative curator at the Glencairn Museum (Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania). His research has focused on French Gothic stained glass, especially the glazing programs of the abbey of Saint-Denis and the cathedrals of Beauvais and Rouen. His book on the 13th- and 14th-century windows of Beauvais was published in 2006 by Princeton University Press, and he is currently writing the Corpus Vitrearum catalogue of medieval stained glass in the Glencairn Museum, whose distinguished collection was assembled by Raymond Pitcairn (1885-1966), primarily during the 1920s and 1930s. His current research project focuses on a completely new area of interest: the pre-historic American artists who painted the Mimbres bowls (c. 1000-1150 CE).
Art History (5th edition). Co-author with Marilyn Stokstad. Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2013.
Art: A Brief History (5th edition). Co-author with Marilyn Stokstad. Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2012.
Picturing the Celestial City: The Medieval Stained Glass of Beauvais Cathedral. Princeton University Press, 2006.
"Some Personal Reflections on American Modern and Postmodern Historiographies of Gothic Stained Glass." In From Minor to Major: The Minor Arts and Their Status in Medieval Art History (Princeton Index of Christian Art and Penn State University Press, 2012), 255-270.
"Holding Hands in the Virgin Chapel at Beauvais Cathedral." In The Four Modes of Seeing: Approaches to Medieval Imagery in Honor of Madeline Harrison Caviness, ed. Evelyn Staudinger Lane, et al. (Ashgate, 2009), 30-43.
"The Recollection of the Past is the Promise of the Future: The Medieval Heritage of Philadelphia's Sacred Windows." In Stained Glass in Catholic Philadelphia, ed. Jean M. Fransworth, Carmen R. Croce, and Joseph E. Chorpenning (Philadelphia, 2002), 8-25.
"Le vitrage de la chapelle Saint-Vincent de la cathédrale de Beauvais: un chef-d'ouvre méconnu de la peinture française vers la fin du XIIIe siécle." 1300...l'Art au temps de Philippe le Bel, ed. Danielle Gaborit-Chopin and Crançois Avril. XVIes Rencontre de l'Ecole du Louvre (Paris, 2001), 119-135.
"Why did Louis de Roncherolles Commission a Stained Glass Window for the Cathedral of Beaufais in 1522?" Art Bulletin 83 (March 2001):7-31
"Production Practices in Medieval Stained Glass Workshops: Evidence in the Glencairn Museum." Journal of Glass Studies
41 (1999): 117-134.
"Fragments of an Early Thirteenth-Century St. Peter Window from the Cathedral of Rouen." Gesta
37/2 (1998): 158-164.
"Restaurateurs et créateurs de vitraux à la cathédrale de Beauvais dans les années 1340." Revue de l'art
111 (1996): 11-24.
"Replacing the Survey at Swarthmore." Art Journal
54/3 (1995): 58-62.