Monthly Archives: May 2016

Seminar: Laura Slater ‘Talking Back to Power? Art and Political Opinion in Early Fourteenth-Century England’ 29 June 2016

Murray Lecture ImageThe Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art

‘Spin’ and reputation management were an established part of medieval politics. Laura Slater explores the role of art and architecture in challenging political ideas and opinions in early fourteenth-century England, focussing on the activities of Queen Isabella of France during the 1320s. Successful in invading England, deposing her husband Edward II and establishing herself asde facto regent in place of her teenaged son, Edward III, Isabella managed to use art and architecture to present herself as a loving, loyal and virtuous wife. Yet the queen’s subjects may still have ‘talked back to her’ responding to these PR efforts in a similarly public and permanent setting.

29th June 2016

All seminars are held at 5pm in the Keynes Library at Birkbeck’s School of Arts (Room 114, 43, Gordon Sq., London, WC1H OPD). A break at 5.50pm is followed by discussion and refreshments

Tenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies Rijeka, Croatia 2-3 June 2016.

Marian Iconography

Marian Iconography East and West

The Tenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies will be held in Rijeka, Croatia 2-3 June 2016.

Full details of the programme can be found below:

Marian Iconography Conference programme

CFP: Trecento Art beyond Italy Deadline 28th May 2016

Crevole Madonna Panel Session at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, 30 March – 1 April, 2017

Trecento Art beyond Italy (session sponsored by the IAS at the Chicago RSA):

There is a great corpus of scholarship regarding the debts of Trecento visual culture to Byzantine, Gothic, and Islamic art or architecture. There remains considerable space, however, to explore how Trecento architects, artists, and objects shaped contemporaneous visual culture beyond the Italian peninsula, in regions including the Latin East, the Balkans, Byzantium, Bohemia, England, and the papal court of Avignon. The multiple sources of transmission involved traveling artists, churchmen, crusaders, courts, merchants, and portable objects themselves. In 1373, for instance, the merchant Francesco di Marco Datini asked an agent to buy devotional panels in Florence to resell at Avignon: “Let there be in the center Our Lord on the Cross, or Our Lady, whomsoever you find—I care not, so that the figures be handsome and large…and the cost no more than 5.5 or 6.5 florins.”

This panel investigates the impact of Trecento visual culture on monuments abroad, taking a critical approach to causation in artistic practice. Speakers might focus on workshop technologies and other mechanisms of distribution, international networks of patronage, the relative competencies of patrons and craftsmen in constructing specific images and buildings, and examples of assimilating new visual idioms with preexisting ones. They are further encouraged to take a critical approach to the ritual or ideological implications of artistic transmission. Lastly—recognizing the fluidity of objects, ideas, and people—speakers are welcomed to comment on the rewards or pitfalls of recasting the Trecento artistic domain as a more dynamic, relative, and international phenomenon than traditional narratives have permitted.

Please send a brief abstract (no more than 150 words); a selection of keywords for your talk; and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum in outline rather than narrative form) to by 28 May 2016.


Conference: Modelling Medieval Vaults London, 14 July 2016

Wells CathedralThe University of Liverpool in London, Finsbury Square. Seminar Room 4,
July 14, 2016  Registration deadline: Jul 7, 2016

The use of digital surveying and analysis techniques, such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, 3D reconstructions or reverse engineering offers the opportunity to re-examine historic architecture.

Digital analysis has enabled new research into design processes,
construction methods, structural engineering, building archaeology and
relationships between buildings. Recent research on Continental
European and Central American architecture has established the
significance of these techniques, however, as yet there has been little
exploitation of digital technologies in the context of medieval
architecture in the British Isles. This is despite international
recognition of the importance of thirteenth and fourteenth-century
English vault design to the history of Gothic architecture in an
international context.

The aims of the present symposium are to present new research in this
emerging field to establish appropriate methodologies using digital
tools and identify significant questions for future research in the

The symposium will be relevant to anyone with an interest in:
Medieval architecture
Three-dimensional digital methodologies
Digital techniques used for the analysis of historic works of

Welcome (tea and coffee)
Keynote: Prof Norbert Nussbaum, Thomas Bauer and Jörg Lauterbach:
Benedikt Ried’s Deconstructive Vaults in Prague Castle – Design,
Construction and Meaning
10:30 Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 1
Carmen Pérez de los Ríos:
Researching tas-de-charge Design and Construction Methods: an Approach
Supported by Digital Techniques
Danilo Di Mascio:
Morphological and geometric complexities of built heritage
Marco Carpiceci and Fabio Colonnese:
Medieval vaults for Renaissance architecture. Modelling the vaults on
sheet 10 of Leonardo da Vinci’s Code B
Enrique Rabasa-Díaz, Ana López-Mozo, Miguel Ángel Alonso-Rodríguez and
Rafael Martín-Talaverano:
Technical knowledge transfer in European Late Gothic: multi-star vaults
12:10 Questions
Keynote: Prof Santiago Huerta:
Cracks and distortions in masonry arches and vaults

13:10 Lunch break

New questions in 14th-century vaulting
Nick Webb:
Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: digital documentation and analysis
Alex Buchanan:
Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: issues of interpretion
Andrew Budge:
Design changes: the macro- and micro-architectural vaults of
fourteenth-century collegiate churches
Sophie Dentzer-Niklasson:
From Two to Three Dimensions: Drawings and Design Processes in Medieval
15:00 Questions
15:10 Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 2
Rosana Guerra and Paula Fuentes:
The construction of the vaults of Mallorca cathedral
Weiyi Pei and Lui Tam:
Comparison of Digital Documentation Methodologies of Neo-gothic
Vaulting System: A Case Study of Dominican Church, Ghent, Belgium
Balázs Szőke, Balázs Szakonyi and Gergely Buzás:
Role of the “Horizontal ribs” in late gothic vault constructions in
16:30 Questions
16:40 Keynote: Prof Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla

Enquiries to be addressed to

Further information about the symposium can be found at:

Reuter Lecture: ‘Warfare, Christianity and the ‘Peace of God’: Non-Combatant Immunity in Medieval Reality and Theory’, Tuesday 7 June 2016

Medieval warfareThe Reuter Lecture this year will be given by Professor John Gillingham, FBA, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the London School of Economics.

‘Warfare, Christianity and the ‘Peace of God’: Non-Combatant Immunity in Medieval Reality and Theory’

Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 6pm

For many historians of war and society it remains an article of faith that the medieval Christian church attempted to mitigate the horrors of war. The “Peace Movement” of the tenth and eleventh centuries is thought to have made a significant contribution to the early development of laws of war in the West on the grounds that it aimed at protecting not only ecclesiastical persons and property but also non-combatants in general, above all women and children. In this lecture I question and qualify this orthodoxy, in part by analysis of the provisions of early church councils, in part by considering the discontinuance in practice of ancient and early medieval ‘total war’..

This lecture will be chaired by Professor Peter Clarke, Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture.

The speaker is an eminent scholar of the political history of the Central Middle Ages, especially the Angevin Empire, and his many distinguished publications include a biography of Richard I (the Lionheart) in the Yale English Monarchs Series, published in 1999. He shared with Timothy Reuter, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton (1994-2002), not only an interest in European politics of the Central Middle Ages but also a personal and professional friendship which makes him a highly suitable speaker to give a lecture in Reuter’s memory. The lecture will be introduced by another close friend and colleague of Timothy Reuter’s and a previous Reuter Lecturer, Dame Jinty Nelson, FBA, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, King’s College London.

Event Information

Avenue Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BF

RSVP by 31 May
This event is free however you must register to attend and receive joining instructions. There will be refreshments served before the lecture and a drink reception to follow the lecture.  To register for a place please

If you have any further questions or queries about this event please contact Tracy Storey

Illuminating the Past: A Workshop on the Making and Meaning of Gothic Colour 16th June 2016

clerecia150Eastridge Hospital Canterbury, 16th June 2016

Illuminating the Past is an informal sharing of research.  Included in the day’s activities are a series of exciting talks led by graduates and early career scholars, demonstrations on the making and use of medieval colour, an exhibition including objects from The Beaney and interactive activities.

It’s hard to think of a better setting as the event will take place inside Eastridge Hospital Canterbury, a 12th-c pilgrims’ residence right in the centre of town (with breaks and drinks taking place in the beautiful Greyfriars’ garden).

Please feel free to drop in at any time during the day between 9.30am -5pm without booking. However, attendance for the talks needs to be pre-booked. In order to do this, and to view the talks programme, please visit:

Dr Jayne Wackett, AHRC Cultural Engagement Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Kent






Musea Brugge Research School November 19-21, 2016 & February 25–27, 2017

Madonna 1475The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organising the second edition of its museum research school in 2016-2017. The innovative formula of this Musea Brugge Research School allows motivated art history students to study 15th and 16th century art works from the Bruges museum collections in depth, as part of a select group of other students, docents, and curators from various national and international universities and institutions.  The research school targets art history students at the BA or MA level who have a strong interest in Netherlandish art and who intend to embark on a career in the field. The research school provides participants with the opportunity to delve into selected works of art from the collections for three consecutive days and introduces various research methodologies that help in understanding and interpreting art and its context. The research school presents workshops and lectures on historiography, methodology, technical art history, and archival research, as well as possibilities for extensive study and ample discussions in the museum during closing hours.

The research school will take place in Bruges on November 19 – 21, 2016 and February 25 – 27, 2017 and consists of two three-days sessions. The first will offer the participants an occasion to study the objects of the collections in depth and to discuss various relevant aspects of 15th and 16th century Flemish art. During the second session in February contributions of the participants, based on the results of the first session, will be presented and discussed among the docents and participants.  Participation to the Musea Brugge Research School is free but students must take care of their travel and lodging expenses.

Three lunches and two dinners are included. There are 15 places available. Studentsfrom all universities are eligible to apply. Students must be able to follow and hold a discussion in English.

For more information and to stay posted, follow us on Facebook. Interested students should send a motivation letter in English and a CV to by 10 June 2016. They will be notified of a place in the research school by 30 June 2016.

The Musea Brugge Research School is an initiative of the Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, the Groeningemuseum and Hospitaalmuseum. These institutions are supported by the Flemish government.

The mission of the Flemish research centre is to initiate, facilitate, stimulate and disseminate research related to 15th and 16th century Flemish art.