The carrying out of studies concerning stained glass is an enormous job that calls for great concentration, wonderful patience and physical stamina… Whether he’s facing the glass and not being able to move, lifted by a cherry picker or balancing at the top of the scaffolding, a conservator is always gathering information. I would like to thank every single team, collaborator or intern that has endured either the cold or the uncomfortable positions high up with the pigeons… Especially, with great affection, those who form the “core”: Marie-Françoise Dromigny, Sylvie Poirson, Ludivine Rougeolle, Fabienne Buffet et Delphine Geronazzo whose final memoir « De la jumelle à la table lumineuse, les conditions d’observation des études préalables à la restauration des vitraux » has become an unavoidable reference.
I also wish to underline the remarkable work of Marie Françoise Dromigny, head of the stained glass department at the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqué et des Métiers d’Art”, who got deeply involved in the experimentation of various methods to determine the state of the stained glass. During the nineties when the municipality of Paris was encouraging the conservation-restoration of stained glass, Marie-Françoise re-evaluated and adapted her knowledge of traditional stained glass to the carrying out of preliminary studies. Task after task, we established the basics of observation still used today at the workshop.
Many other professionals take part and play un fundamental role in the elaboration of the studies and the restoration of the stained glass: conservators, art historians, scientists, local officials. Depending on their job they start, supervise, participate, support or finance projects of various sizes. Without their desire to protect our stained glass heritage, the restoration operations would not exist.