Conference: Romanesque Art: Patrons and Processes, British Archaeological Association Conference, Barcelona (7-9 April 2014)

7-9 April 2014, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Following earlier conferences on Romanesque and the Past (London, 2010), and Romanesque and the Mediterranean (Palermo, 2012), the British Archaeological Association is collaborating with the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Research project Magistri Cataloniae to stage the third in a biennial series of international conferences concerned with Romanesque art and architecture. This conference, Romanesque: Patrons and Processes, is concerned with patronage – and agency – in their broadest senses during the Romanesque period. Thus, in addition to more traditional prosopographical approaches, and examinations of individual patrons, there will be papers on various forms of institutional patronage. The conference will also address the processes involved in commissioning buildings or works of art – the mechanics of design – authorship – intermediaries and agents – and the extent to which patrons are designers. Are there limits to patronal influence?

Speakers include: Claude Andrault-Schmitt (Centre d’Etudes supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale CNRS/Université de Poitiers), Maria Bonet (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona), Eduardo Carrero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Manuel Castiñeiras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Magistri Cataloniae), Hugh Doherty (Jesus College, Oxford), Eric Fernie (Courtauld Institute of Art), Alexandra Gajewski and Stephanie Seeberg

The conference will open at 9:30 on Monday, 7 April with lectures at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona). Teas, coffees and lunch will be provided on all three days, in addition to dinners on two evenings and a drinks reception on the third. The conference will also include a late afternoon visit to the Romanesque collections at Museu Nacional, and a visit to the complex of early medieval and Romanesque churches at Terrassa. More information will be provided on the website.

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