Transforming Light: The Stained Glass Windows of Boston College
Essays by Virginia Raguin, photography by Gary Wayne Gilbert
“A university campus is more than the shell of an institution; it is a record of growth and ideals, shaped by the historical era in which it was constructed, and reflecting ideas about aesthetics, institutional identity, and campus planning,” writes Jeffery Howe, Professor of Fine Arts at Boston College, in his introduction to Transforming Light. On this broad canvass, Virginia Raguin illuminates the story of Boston College’s stained glass windows—exhibited here through the compelling photography of Gary Wayne Gilbert. The story, in turn, leads toward a wider illumination of this major decorative art, and of collegiate-gothic architecture in general. “The windows of Boston College constitute a remarkable ensemble that testifies to the vigor of historic revivals when they are in the hands of capable creative artists,” Raguin, an art historian at College of the Holy Cross, writes in this work, scheduled to release in May 2009.