Sam Fogg and Luhring Augustine at the SVA Theatre, New York. 27 January 2018
Collecting Medieval Art: Past, Present and Future
A symposium on the history of collecting medieval art, to be held in celebration of the exhibition ‘Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages’ [January 29 –March 10, 2018] at Luhring Augustine in conjunction with Sam Fogg, the world’s leading dealer in medieval art.
Every surviving art treasure of the Middle Ages has a unique material history spanning centuries. These precious objects have been traded, preserved, restored, lent and loved. Some passed through many hands, others remained untouched and forgotten for generations before returning to the spotlight. These histories of collections and collectors yield valuable insights into the medieval jewels that brighten the private and public art collections of today.
This symposium will consider practices of collecting medieval art in a unique setting, within galleries displaying many of the finest masterpieces of Medieval and Renaissance art still in private hands. Surrounded by monumental works like sections of Canterbury Cathedral’s south transept window and miniature treasures like a thirteenth-century Limoges reliquary chasse, speakers will explore attitudes to collecting medieval art in the past, present and future.
9.30 am Doors open for registration and coffee
9.45am Welcome from Sam Fogg
10.00am Session 1: collecting and display chaired by Dr Sarah Guérin
Dr Paul Williamson – ‘Showing collections of medieval art: strategies of display, from private to public’
Dr Timothy B. Husband – ‘Collecting Medieval Art for The Cloisters: the three that got away’
11.45pm Session 2: collecting, cultural heritage and the art market chaired by Dr Nicholas A. Herman
Dr Martina Bagnoli – ‘Dealers, Collectors and Curators: a productive relationship in 19th century Italy’
Dr Jack Hinton and Dr Amy Gillette – ‘“A study close at hand of these fine examples of Gothic decoration”: the collecting, interpretation and display of the Taylor collection of English medieval woodcarvings’
13.15 lunch and chance to view the exhibition at Luhring Augustine
2.30pm Session 3: collecting medieval art, past and present
Professor Susie Nash – ‘Collecting art at the Courts of France in the late-fourteenth century’
Sir Paul Ruddock and Dr C. Griffith Mann – ‘In Conversation: Collecting Medieval Art Today’
3.45pm closing remarks from Dr C. Griffith Mann
4pm chance to view the exhibition at Luhring Augustine