The lecture is divided into two parts, concerning form and content respectively. The first discusses what is special about Romanesque sculpture and how it could have arisen, with particular reference to its relationship to the buildings it adorns. This section also examines the theory that architectural sculpture was developed out of church furniture.
The section on content considers a number of examples, including capitals in the cloister at Moissac, carvings on the façade of San Michele in Pavia, and a relief on the Puerta de las Platerias at Santiago de Compostela.
Professor Eric Fernie has held the posts of Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Courtauld Institute of the University of London. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Society of Antiquaries of London (of which he has been President), and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
His books include The Architecture of the Anglo-Saxons (1983), An Architectural History of Norwich Cathedral (1993), Art History and its Methods(1995), and The Architecture of Norman England (2000). He has also published some seventy chapters in books and papers in refereed journals.