Recorded Lecture: ‘Renaissance Lives- Erasmus of Rotterdam: the Spirit of a Scholar,’ William Barker, Micha Lazarus and François Quiviger

Erasmus of Rotterdam came from an obscure background but, through remarkable perseverance, skill, and independent vision, became a powerful and controversial intellectual figure in Europe in the early sixteenth century. He was known for his vigorous opposition to war, intolerance, and hypocrisy, and at the same time for irony and subtlety that could confuse hisContinue reading “Recorded Lecture: ‘Renaissance Lives- Erasmus of Rotterdam: the Spirit of a Scholar,’ William Barker, Micha Lazarus and François Quiviger”

New Publication: ‘Christian Thought in the Medieval Islamicate World – ‘Abdīshō’ of Nisisbis and the Apologetic Tradition’ by Salam Rassi

Oxford Oriental Monographs First book-length history of Syriac and Christian Arabic apologetic literature First intellectual biography of an influential Syriac author An in-depth analysis of the entangled worlds of medieval Christian and Islamic theology A detailed study of a much-neglected period of social and intellectual history in the Middle East Christian Thought in the MedievalContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Christian Thought in the Medieval Islamicate World – ‘Abdīshō’ of Nisisbis and the Apologetic Tradition’ by Salam Rassi”

Online Lecture: ‘Luxury handguns at the Renaissance courts,’ Catherine Fletcher, The Warburg Institute via Zoom, 24th May 2002, 15:30-17:00 (BST)

Catherine Fletcher (Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘Luxury handguns at the Renaissance courts’  By the early sixteenth century, handguns had become an important technology of warfare. European cultural attitudes towards these new objects were ambivalent. In literature firearms were often described as diabolical and unchivalrous. Yet at the same time a gift culture developed around guns. TheyContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘Luxury handguns at the Renaissance courts,’ Catherine Fletcher, The Warburg Institute via Zoom, 24th May 2002, 15:30-17:00 (BST)”

New Publication: ‘Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts,’ edited by Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing

The presence of gold, silver, and other metals is a hallmark of decorated manuscripts, the very characteristic that makes them “illuminated.” Medieval artists often used metal pigment and leaf to depict metal objects both real and imagined, such as chalices, crosses, tableware, and even idols; the luminosity of these representations contrasted pointedly with the surroundingContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts,’ edited by Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing”

Call for Papers: ‘Experiencing the Sacred – The Role of the Senses in Medieval Liturgies and Rituals’, 1st International Multidisciplinary Conference Series, 21st-23rd September 2022, Deadline: 15th April 2022

 By the Late Middle Ages, the liturgy has become the most important and elaborate ceremonial of Christianity in an already highly ritualised society. Indeed, rituals dominated the everyday life of the faithful, from the Divine Office and the Mass to the individual reading of the Hours; and they accompanied the life of people from theirContinue reading “Call for Papers: ‘Experiencing the Sacred – The Role of the Senses in Medieval Liturgies and Rituals’, 1st International Multidisciplinary Conference Series, 21st-23rd September 2022, Deadline: 15th April 2022”

Publication: ‘Notre Dame Cathedral: Nine Centuries of History’, Dany Sandron and Andrew Tallon, Translated by Andrew Tallon and Lindsay Cook

Since its construction, Notre Dame Cathedral has played a central role in French cultural identity. In the wake of the tragic fire of 2019, questions of how to restore the fabric of this quintessential French monument are once more at the forefront. This all-too-prescient book, first published in French in 2013, takes a central placeContinue reading “Publication: ‘Notre Dame Cathedral: Nine Centuries of History’, Dany Sandron and Andrew Tallon, Translated by Andrew Tallon and Lindsay Cook”

Call for Papers: ‘The Itinerant Shrine: Art, History and the Multiple Geographies of the Holy House of Loreto’, The Courtauld Institute, 30th June-1st July 2022, Deadline: 15th March 2022

The Santa Casa, or Holy House of the Virgin Mary, is a relic in constant motion. Legend holds that at the end of the thirteenth century, a company of angels flew Mary’s small brick house—the site of the Annunciation and Jesus’s childhood home—out of Nazareth before eventually depositing it in Loreto, a remote hill townContinue reading “Call for Papers: ‘The Itinerant Shrine: Art, History and the Multiple Geographies of the Holy House of Loreto’, The Courtauld Institute, 30th June-1st July 2022, Deadline: 15th March 2022”

Recorded Lecture: ‘A Material World – Revealing the Coventry Tapestry through Conservation’, Alison Lister, The Warburg Institute

The process of conserving a historic artefact provides opportunities to gather data on its composition and condition that can inform its future interpretation, presentation, and preservation. In this seminar, Alison Lister (Textile Conservation Limited) will describe and illustrate the initial results of a detailed examination and assessment of the late 15th/early 16th century tapestry fromContinue reading “Recorded Lecture: ‘A Material World – Revealing the Coventry Tapestry through Conservation’, Alison Lister, The Warburg Institute”

Online Lecture: ‘Sumatran Camphor in Medieval Afro-Eurasia,’ Alex West, Silk Roads Programme at King’s College, University of Cambridge, Zoom, 25th February 2022, 14:00 (GMT)

Alex West is a lecturer at the Institute for Area Studies, University of Leiden. Specialising in the Indo-Malaysian archipelago in the fifteenth century before the arrival of the Portuguese and the Islamisation of Sunda, his translations and research have revealed the presence of commodities sourced from places as far apart as the Levant and NewContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘Sumatran Camphor in Medieval Afro-Eurasia,’ Alex West, Silk Roads Programme at King’s College, University of Cambridge, Zoom, 25th February 2022, 14:00 (GMT)”

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Art History Leadership, Deadline: 21st March 2022

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) recognize that the growth of visionary and effective museum and academic leaders does not stop at graduation. Indeed, critical skills such as project management, effective administration, goal-setting, and professional accountability are often not integrated intoContinue reading “Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Art History Leadership, Deadline: 21st March 2022”