Conference: The Courtauld’s 22nd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium: Medieval Collaborations

cfp-imageSaturday 4 February 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Kenneth Clark Lecture, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN,

The traditional art-historical concern of attribution of works of art to specific masters has given way to more nuanced approaches to the artistic production of the Middle Ages that focus on collaborative working practices. Collaborations like that of Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi, the illuminators of the Winchester Bible, or the creators of Opus Anglicanum reveal a complex picture of artistic co-operation. Notions of the single commanding master have been replaced with collaborative artisan activity across disparate media, from the early-medieval cloister to the increasing specialisation of the late-medieval shop.

The Courtauld Institute’s 22nd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium invites speakers to consider new approaches to artistic collaborations of the Middle Ages, and how conceptions of collaboration have impacted on the study of these works.

The Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present and promote their research.

Organised by Meg Bernstein (The Courtauld Institute of Art Kress Fellow 2015-7 / University of California, Los Angeles) and Imogen Tedbury (The Courtauld Institute of Art / National Gallery) with the generous support of The Sackler Research Forum.

09.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome

Session 1: Networks in collaboration. Chaired by Sophie Kelly (University of Kent)

10.10 – 10.30
Maeve O’Donnell-Morales, The Courtauld Institute of Art
It Took a Village: Collaborations at the Medieval Altar between Donors, Artists and Clerics

10.30 – 10.50
Aude Chevalier, Paris Nanterre Université
Collaborations in medieval copperware craftsmanship: the case study of French copper alloy censers (11th-17th centuries)

10.50 – 11.10
Maggie S. Crosland, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Commission as Collaboration: Untangling Agency in the Book of Hours of Philip the Bold

11.10 – 11.30

11.30 – 12.00

Session 2: Artists in collaboration. Chaired by Lydia Hansell

12.00 – 12.20
Eowyn Kerr-Di Carlo, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Santa Maria degli Angeli or not? Considering Florentine artistic networks and the painter-illuminators of Fitzwilliam MS 30

12.20 – 12.40
Eleonora Cagol, Technische Universität Dresden
The workshop of Jörg Arzt and Jörg Feiss: winged altarpieces as evidence of artistic collaboration in South Tyrol at the end of the Middle Ages

12.40 – 13.00
Bryan C. Keene, The J. Paul Getty Museum / The Courtauld Institute of Art
Pacino / Pacinesque: Collaborative Choir Book Commissions in Early Trecento Florence

13.00 – 13.20


13.20 – 14.30

LUNCH (speakers only)

Session 3: Collaborating across media. Chaired by Teresa Lane

14.30 – 14.50
Ella Beaucamp, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
A joint venture from Venice: Medieval rock-crystal miniatures

14.50 – 15.10
Marie Quillent, University of Picardy Jules Verne
Artistic Collaboration in Medieval Funeral Sculpture in the North of France: the Tomb of Adrien de Hénencourt in the Cathedral of Amiens

15.10 – 15.30
Amanda Hilliam, National Gallery / Oxford Brookes University
Carlo Crivelli and the Goldsmith’s Art: shared aesthetics and technologies

15.30 – 15.50


15.50 – 16.20


Session 4: Collaborating across time. Chaired by Miguel Ayres DeCampos

16.20 – 16.40
Esther Dorado-Ladera, Independent Scholar
Reuse of Hispanic Muslim architecture during the Middle Ages: Christian interventions in the Aljaferia Palace

16.40 – 17.00
Oliver Mitchell, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Collaboration and conflict in Hugo de Folieto’s Liber de rotae religionis et simulationis

17.00 – 17.20
Costanza Beltrami, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Building and rebuilding the cloister of Segovia Cathedral (1436-1530): collaborations across space and time

17.20 – 17.50


17.50 – 18.00
Closing remarks: Joanna Cannon (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


View conference programme here.


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