M. Alison Stones

(PhD, Courtauld Institute) Professor, medieval art

Room 129, Frick Fine Arts Building

Phone: 412-648-2420

E-mail: mastones@hotmail.com

Alison Stones works on illuminated manuscripts. She masterminded the corpus of Chrétien de Troyes manuscripts (1993), coedited the critical edition of the Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela (1998), and wrote the commentary for the devotional picture-book Le livre de Madame Marie (1998). Her current manuscript projects are a book on illuminated manuscripts made in France 1260–1320 and work on the illustrations of the Lancelot-Grail romance. Stones and her international team of scholars are working with SIS specialists using GIS to “map” the Lancelot-Grail manuscripts and systematically study the relations between text and illustration. She is also collaborating with the university’s Digital Resource Library (DRL) to create publicly accessible searchable databases of images of medieval art and architecture that are interlinked through keyword access to Stones's on-going Web site. Currently completed DRL-medart projects offer images of the architecture and sculpture of the Benedictine Abbey of Vézelay and the architecture, sculpture, and stained glass of Cathedral of Chartres.

Selected Publications

'Questions of Style and Provenance in the Morgan Picture Bible' in Between the Picture and the Word: Manuscript Studies from the Index of Christian Art, ed. C. Hourihane (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005), 112–121.

'The Full-Page Miniatures of the Psalter-Hours New York, Morgan Library, M 729: Programme and Patron,' in Die Psalterillustration im Mittelalter, ed. F.O. Büttner (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005), 281–307.

'Seeing the Walls of Troy,' Manuscripts in Transition, ed. B. Dekeyzer and J. Van den Stock (Leuven: Peeters, 2005), 161–78.

The Pilgrim's Guide: A Critical Edition  I  The Manuscripts:  Their Creation, Production  And Reception (with  Jeanne Krochalis), Edition I I  The Text:  Annotated English Translation  with Paula Gerson and Annie Shaver-Crandell (Harvey Miller Publishers, London, 1998).

Le Livre d’images de Madame Marie, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, n.a.fr. 16251 (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France and Cerf, 1998).

The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela: A Gazetteer, by Paula Gerson and Annie Shaver-Crandell, with the assistance of Alison Stones (London: Harvey Miller, 1995).

Les Manuscrits de Chrétien de Troyes: The Manuscripts of Chrétien de Troyes
eds. Keith Busby, Terry Nixon, Alison Stones, Lori Walters, 2 vols. (Amsterdam: Rodopi), 1993.

The 'Codex Calixtinus' and the Shrine of St. James, ed. John Williams and Alison Stones (Tübingen: Narr), 1992.

La Vie de sainte Marguerite par Wace,édité par H.-E.Keller; Le ms.Troyes 1905, le recueil et ses enluminures,par M.A.Stones. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 229 (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1990).

Alison Stones and John Steyaert, Medieval Illumination, Glass and Sculpture in Minnesota Collections (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Gallery), 1978.


Visiting Fellowships: Fulbright Fellowship to the École pratique des hautes études, IVe section, Sciences historiques et philologiques (Paris-IV Sorbonne), 2006; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 2002; Magdalen College, Oxford, 2001; All Souls College, Oxford, 1999.

Current projects:

Illuminated Manuscripts Made in France 1260–1320

Lancelot-Grail Manuscripts

Images of Medieval Art and Architecture

Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame 

Vézelay: Benedictine Abbey Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine