Current Exhibition: Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim

Current Exhibition: Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim The Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 17, 2013–January 5, 2014 Hildesheim Cathedral has one of the most complete surviving ensembles of church furnishings and treasures in Europe, with many masterpieces made between 1000 and 1250. As a result, it was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1985.Continue reading “Current Exhibition: Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim”

Exhibition: Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister, Getty Museum of Art, (September 20, 2013–February 2, 2014)

Current Exhibition: Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister Getty Museum of Art, (September 20, 2013–February 2, 2014) This exhibition brings together two masterpieces of medieval English art: stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral and the St. Albans Psalter, a splendidly illuminated Book of Psalms. Uniting the intimate art of book illumination with monumental glassContinue reading “Exhibition: Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister, Getty Museum of Art, (September 20, 2013–February 2, 2014)”

Exhibition: Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages, Getty Museum of Art (September 3, 2013–March 2, 2014)

Throughout the Middle Ages, Christians were fascinated by stories about saints, who led extraordinary lives full of mystical events and miraculous occurrences. Saints were depicted in manuscripts experiencing revelatory visions and performing wondrous feats such as healing the sick or raising the dead. Even when their tormentors were performing exceptionally brutal acts—shooting them repeatedly withContinue reading “Exhibition: Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages, Getty Museum of Art (September 3, 2013–March 2, 2014)”

Call for Applications: Summer Paleography Workshop

MIDDLE FRENCH PALEOGRAPHY WORKSHOP COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK JUNE 9-27, 2014 This paleography workshop will provide intensive training in the accurate reading, editing, and interpretation of a manuscript in Middle French, in this case a complex and intriguing late-Renaissance compilation of a practical and proto-scientific nature. Participants will work on aContinue reading “Call for Applications: Summer Paleography Workshop”

Current Exhibition: Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

Washington, National Gallery, West Building Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections October 6 2013- March 2 2014 In 330 Emperor Constantine the Great moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Italy some thousand miles to the east, near the site of the ancient Greek city of Byzantium on the Bosphorus StraitContinue reading “Current Exhibition: Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections”

TV Programme: Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve, BBC 2

For centuries pilgrimage was one of the greatest adventures on earth, involving epic journeys across the country and around the world. This series sees Simon Reeve retrace the exciting adventures of our ancestors. He learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage, including the vice, thrills and dangers that all awaited travellers. He explores the faith,Continue reading “TV Programme: Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve, BBC 2”

TV Programme: Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities, BBC Four

Series in which historian Simon Sebag Montefiore traces the sacred history of Istanbul. Known as the ‘city of the world’s desire’, it’s a place that has been the focus of passion for believers of three different faiths – Paganism, Christianity and Islam – and for nearly 3,000 years its streets have been the battleground forContinue reading “TV Programme: Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities, BBC Four”

Call for Papers: Moving Body Parts: Transcendence of Time and Space

Call for Papers: Moving Body Parts: Their Transcendence of Time and Space in Pre-Modern Europe Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, April 11 – 12, 2014 Deadline: Jan 10, 2014 According to Jean-Claude Schmitt, “the dead have no existence other than that which the living imagine for them” – and sometimes, the living not only force them to exist in their memory butContinue reading “Call for Papers: Moving Body Parts: Transcendence of Time and Space”

Workshop Reflections: British Museum handling session: Objects with apotropaic inscriptions

The Courtauld has a reputation for getting up close to objects, sometimes to the concern of nearby gallery attendants. However, a number of handling sessions for postgraduate students to indulge in pawing exhibits without rebuke have been arranged at the British Museum with the kind assistance of Lloyd DeBeer and Naomi Speakman, both in progressContinue reading “Workshop Reflections: British Museum handling session: Objects with apotropaic inscriptions”

Forthcoming exhibition: Vikings: life and legend

Forthcoming Exhibition: Vikings: life and legend London, 6 March – 22 June 2014 British Museum, the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery In March 2014 the British Museum will open the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery with a major new exhibition on the Vikings, supported by BP. The exhibition, developed in cooperation with the National Museum of Denmark and the Berlin StateContinue reading “Forthcoming exhibition: Vikings: life and legend”