Online Conference: ‘Ora Pro Nobis: Marian Devotion in the Middle Ages and Renaissance’ in honour of Dr Cathy Oakes, The British Archaeological Association, 3 July 2021, 10-17:30 (BST)

An online day in honour of Dr Cathy Oakes


Cathy Oakes was Director of Studies in the History of Art at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, co-founder of the Centre for Marian Studies, and a lecturer for the Learning Department of the V&A, The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), Art Pursuits Abroad, ACE, and many other organisations, Dr Oakes inspired countless students by her knowledge of, and passion for, the visual culture of the Middle Ages. This study day is hosted by the British Archaeological Association, of which Cathy was a longstanding member. It will concentrate of various aspects of Marian devotion a subject close to Cathy’s heart and the focus of her book, Ora Pro Nobis: The Virgin as Intercessor in Medieval Art and Devotion (2008), from which this day takes its title.

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SESSION 1. Chair – Sally Dormer

10.00 Introduction

10.05-10.30 William Wykeham’s devotion to Mary – mostly in relation to the glass at New College – Anna Eavis

10.30-10.55 Cult and Image at Our Lady’s Well, Hempsted Gloucestershire) – Sarah Boss

10.55-11.05 Questions


SESSION 2. Chair – John McNeill

11.30-11.55 Revisiting the Quinity – the Virgin Mary in Ælfwine’s Prayerbook (London, BL MS Titus D. xxvi and D. xxvii) – Teresa Lane

11.55-12.20 The Lady and the Lion in the Map Psalter (London, British Library, Add. MS 28681) – Sally Dormer

12.20-12.45 The mystery of the Mother of God and her companion in the Homilies of James Kokkinobaphos – Cecily Hennessy

12.45-13.00 Questions


SESSION 3. Chair – Sarah Boss

14.00-14.25 Metope North 32 on the Parthenon: False Virgins and Cultural Vandals – Steve Kershaw

14.25-14.50 The Reception of Sancta Maria Rotunda: Recent Interpretations and Open Questions – Richard Plant

14.50-15.15 Crowned in Glory: The Virgin Mary enthroned – Eileen Rubery

15.15-15.30 Questions


SESSION 4. Chair – Richard Plant

16.00-16.25 The Virgin by the Chapter-House: The life and times of a carved relief at St-Aubin in Angers – John McNeill

16.25-16.50 Imagery and Meaning in Michelangelo’s Bruges Madonna – Paula Nuttall

16.50-17.15 The Virgin Mary in Fragments – Julian Luxford

17.15-17.30 Questions

In memoriam Cathy Oakes, 1956-2019


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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