Robert Branner (1927-1973) was an art historian specializing in Gothic architecture and manuscript illumination. Active as an excavator, he made important discoveries in the chronology and style of French cathedrals, incorporating cultural historical tools into the method of design analysis that had more traditionally dominated architectural history.
Branner is remembered through the Robert Branner Forum, a student-run symposium sponsoring lectures several times a year that are open to the public. The Forum originated as a series of visiting lectures organized by Branner’s graduate students immediately after his death during the academic year as a way of continuing his courses. It has been supported by his family since that time.
For the 2021-2022 series, the fall lectures will be held remotely over Zoom. The format of spring lectures will be reassessed closer to 2022.
Fall 2021 Programme
Emanuele Lugli (Stanford University)
“Dragon Breath: On Paolo Uccello’s Saint George in London’s National Gallery”
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 3:00 pm EST
Antony Eastmond (Courtauld)
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 12:00pm EST
Beate Fricke (University of Bern)
Friday, November 19, 2021, 12:00 pm EST
“Silk in Stone. Mediums of Labor, Craft, and Art”
Find out more about the lecture series here.