Online Conference: ‘Reviving the Trinity: New Perspectives on 15th-Century Scottish Culture’, University of Edinburgh, 27 March 2021

This Virtual Symposium comprises a full day of papers presenting new research on all aspects of the Trinity Altarpiece and Collegiate Church.

This collaborative, interdisciplinary project looks again at the Trinity Altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes, Trinity Collegiate Church, and Trinity Hospital as emblems of Scotland’s inventive and ambitious cultural milieu, and its active, outward looking engagement with Europe and beyond. The network will re-examine the Trinity, and establish its cultural relevance today. Taking innovative approaches to materialities, geographies, and the wider artistic, intellectual, and cultural networks that connect them during the reigns of James II, III and IV, and the regency of Queen Mary of Guelders, it seeks to identify contemporary networks and reassess the significance of knowledge exchange.

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Conference Programme

9.30am – Welcome

9.40am – Keynote:

Lorne Campbell (formerly Senior Research Curator at the National Gallery, London): The Trinity Panels: History and Subject-Matter

10.30 – 11.30am – Session 1

Lizzie Swarbrick (University of Edinburgh): A “magnificent and sumptuous work, [Queen Mary of Guelders] intends as soon as possible to finish it”: an Architectural Tour of Trinity College

Rachel Delman (University of York): A Queen and her Chapel: Mary of Guelders and the Architecture of Commemoration

11.45am – 12.45pm – Session 2

Bryony Coombs (University of Edinburgh): Artistic Continuity in Late Medieval Scotland: James III, James IV, and the Artists of Ghent Morvern French, Historic Environment Scotland: The Customer is King: Late Medieval Scoto-Flemish Consumer Culture

12.45pm – Lunch

1.30 – 2.30pm – Session 3

Patricia Allerston (Deputy Director & Chief Curator, European & Scottish Art, National Galleries of Scotland): A Moveable Feast – Displaying the Trinity panels at the Scottish National Gallery

Nicola Christie (Head of Paintings Conservation, Royal Collections Trust): The Trinity Panels: Initial observations on Materials and Technique

2.45 – 3.45pm – Session 4

Emily Wingfield (University of Birmingham): Margaret of Denmark and Networks of European (Literary) Culture

Catherine Reynolds (Independent scholar and Consultant on manuscripts to Christie’s): The Books in the Trinity Panels and the Text before the Queen

4.00pm – Session 5

James Cook (University of Edinburgh): Sarum in Bruges: Exploring the liturgical context for the chant in the Trinity Altarpiece

Jill Harrison (Open University): Interrogating St George: Scoto-Burgundian encounters in the Trinity Altarpiece and William Schmenner, Kostas Daniilidis and Yufu Wang, GRASP laboratory, University of Pennsylvania: Looking for Anselm Adornes

5.00pm – Conclusion


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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