Online Lecture: Paradise found: Romanesque tombs in Western Europe, c. 1000- c. 1150, Dr Xavier Dectot – Director of the future Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar, 30th April 2021 6-7 pm (BST)

Although the study of mediaeval tomb sculpture has been a fairly active field in the past decades, it has nearly exclusively focused on the much richer (at least in numbers) Gothic era. Most forays in the Romanesque have been driven by a teleological drive to find the supposed precursors of the Gothic monuments.

This lecture will aim to shed a different light on Romanesque tombs which bear witness to a period of intense experimentation and exploration, reflecting both a new desire for visibility and a very fluid and ever changing theological conception of the afterlife.

Dr Xavier Dectot started his career at the Musée de Cluny in Paris, where he spent ten years as curator of Sculptures, before moving on to become the founding director of the Louvre Lens, a branch museum of the Louvre in Northern France, then keeper and Art and Design at
National Museums Scotland and, currently, director of the future Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar. An honorary reader at the University of St Andrews, he is the author of numerous articles and books, amongst which are Pierres tombales médiévales, sculptures de l’au-delà (Remparts, 2006) and Les Tombeaux des familles royales de la péninsule ibérique au
Moyen Âge (Brepols, 2009).

Speaker – Dr Xavier Dectot – Director of the future Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar 

Organised by – Dr Rose Walker – Honorary Research Fellow, The Courtauld

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Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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