Monthly Archives: October 2016

Conference: “Santa Maria del Mar Revisitada” (IEC. Barcelona, 14-15 Nov. 2016)


Totes les sessions són d’accés lliure i, per tant, són gratuïtes. Les conferències estan destinades a estudiants d’Història de l’Art, Arquitectura i, en general, a qualsevol persona interessada en patrimoni artístic i cultural de l’Edat Mitjana.


Les sessions se celebraran en l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, sota la promoció de la filial Amics de l’Art Romànic, al Carrer del Carme, 24 de Barcelona. I, també, en la mateixa Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, en la sessió de la visita. L’activitat està coordinada per Francesca Español (Universitat de Barcelona), Gerardo Boto (Universitat de Girona) i Màrius Vendrell (Universitat de Barcelona).



Conference: Di Ludovico d’Angio a San Ludovico di Tolosa (Napoli, 3-5 Nov, 2016)

Convegno internazionale di studi per il VII centenario della
canonizzazione (1317-2017)
Napoli-S. Maria Capua Vetere, 3-5 novembre 2016

Convegno organizzato dal Dipartimento di Lettere e Beni Culturali,
Seconda Università di Napoli, e Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali e
Francescani, Pontificia Università Antonianum
Comitato scientificoFrançois, Avril, Sofia Boesch Gajano, Teresa D’Urso, Gábor Klaniczay, Enrico Menestò, Pietro Messa, Alessandra Perriccioli Saggese, Daniele Solvi, André Vauchez


La canonizzazione di Ludovico d’Angiò, che sullo scorcio del sec. XIII
rinunciò al trono di Napoli in favore del fratello Roberto per
abbracciare la vita religiosa, costituisce uno degli snodi della storia
trecentesca. Essa è stata il punto di incontro tra interessi diversi,
solo in parte coincidenti, che fanno capo al Papato, alla dinastia
angioina e all’Ordine dei frati Minori in un momento particolarmente
vivace della loro storia. Il convegno presenta le ricerche più recenti
e innovative che da diverse prospettive disciplinari e storiografiche
affrontano la ricca produzione di scritti e opere figurative fiorite
sul conto di Ludovico d’Angiò in vista e in conseguenza della
proclamazione di santità.


Murray Seminars of Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck (12th December 2016)

giovanni_di_bicci_de_mediciMonday 12th December

Paul Davies will speak on ‘Saving the soul of Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici: function and design in the Old Sacristy’

Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici (c.1360-1429), founder of the Medici bank, was buried in the sacristy of S. Lorenzo in Florence. This sacristy was certainly a lavish structure, and one designed and furnished by the leading artists of the day, Brunelleschi and Donatello, but why did he want to be buried in a sacristy? This question is usually answered by considering the opportunities the new chapel afforded for conspicuous consumption and, by extension. for rivalry with other leading Florentine families, most notably the Strozzi who had only just begun a lavish sacristy at S. Trinita. While not dismissing this motive as a contributory factor, this paper considers whether there were more pressing reasons for his choice. It asks whether he believed interment in a sacristy might help save his soul and it goes on to consider whether this notion affected how the sacristy was designed.

All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 106 at 5pm.  Talks finish by 5.30pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.

Murray Seminars of Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck (24th November 2016)

frederick-iiThursday 24th November, 5pm

Pippa Salonius will speak on ‘Authority, Nature and the Image’: 

Medieval culture has been described as a ‘culture of authority’. Kings, princes, and city-states all sought to establish themselves as central figures of authority. The pope, as the earthly representative of divine authority and justice, strived to remain their point of reference. As the ultimate authority, God’s work could be cited in words from the Bible or as images of the natural world. In a society where the word of God reigned supreme, visual reminders of this chain of command were of vital importance. Images, after all, were the lingua franca of medieval Christendom, but given the abstract nature of the message, how was its meaning best conveyed?

All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 106 at 5pm.  Talks finish by 5.30pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.

CFP: Iconoclasm and Iconophilia (Rijeka, 1-3 Jul 17)

destruction_of_icons_in_zurich_1524Rijeka, Croatia, July 1 – 03, 2017
Deadline: Jan 30, 2017

Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference of Iconographic Studies on the topic:
Center for Iconographic Studies – University of Rijeka (Croatia)

in collaboration with:
University of Sapienza in Rome (Italy)
The Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel)
Study of Theology in Rijeka, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome (Italy)

The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the
dialogue between art history, history, theology, philosophy, and
cultural theory concerning the perception and definition of
iconoclasm(s) in history. From the word that developed on the
aggressive statements and actions against images (especially within the
reference to the historical disputes in Christianity) the term has come
to be applied to actions or movements that challenge apprized values
and cultivated beliefs. It has been recently discussed beyond the
cultural and temporal boundaries, as well as being a transformative
force in cultural production. When approached it usually stands
opposite to iconophilia and throughout the history the clash between
two terms produced not only theoretical background but also production
of works of art that shape our understanding of a particular period or
religious group. We welcome academic papers that will approach these
subjects in interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse angles. The
themes and subjects can include the following:

o    Iconoclasm within religious realms and history (censorships by
religious beliefs, iconoclastia, historical debates, edicts and
manifestos regarding images)
o    Iconophiles’ reactions, positions and influence
o    Damnatio memoriae and other political iconoclasm
o    Iconoclasm in modern and contemporary history
o    Iconoclasm as global term in visual arts

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically to

Contact person:
Sanja Jovanović
Center for Iconographic Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Sveucilisna avenija 4, 51 000 Rijeka, Croatia

A paper proposal should contain:
1.    full name, institution, affiliation, address, phone number(s),
e-mail address
2.    title
3.    abstract (maximum 2 pages – 500 words)

Deadline: January 30, 2017
Invitations to participate will be sent out by email before February
15, 2017

There is NO registration fee.

Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and
coffee breaks during conference as well as all organized visits are
covered by the organizers.
All presented papers will be published in the thematic issue of the
IKON journal in May 2018.

Please contact us for any additional information.

Conference: New Perspectives on Northern Renaissance Art (Mechelen & Leuven, 11-13 Jan 2017)

goldenes-zeitalter-1530-2Imaging Utopia: New Perspectives on Northern Renaissance Art (Mechelen & Leuven, 11-13 Jan 2017)

XXth Symposium for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting
Organized by Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU

For a full conference programme, visit <>.

UCL History Day (15th November 2016)

historyday2016UCL History Day 

Tuesday 15th November at Senate House.

We will have an open history fair showcasing a broad range of libraries, archives and organisations (UCL Library Services will be represented!).  Also, there will be research clinics and panels on libraries, archives, digital resources and public history.

The intended audience is intended for postgraduate students and early career researchers, however, final year undergraduates should certainly find it informative and may make some useful contacts.

The event starts at 10am and ends at 4pm.  Coffee, tea and sandwiches will be served.

Interested parties should register at: Book your free ticket on Eventbrite