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Conference: Collecting Medieval Art: Past, Present and Future, Sam Fogg and Luhring Augustine at the SVA Theatre, New York, 27 January 2018

Sam Fogg and Luhring Augustine at the SVA Theatre, New York. 27 January 2018

Collecting Medieval Art: Past, Present and Future


A symposium on the history of collecting medieval art, to be held in celebration of the exhibition ‘Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages’ [January 29 –March 10, 2018] at Luhring Augustine in conjunction with Sam Fogg, the world’s leading dealer in medieval art.

Every surviving art treasure of the Middle Ages has a unique material history spanning centuries. These precious objects have been traded, preserved, restored, lent and loved. Some passed through many hands, others remained untouched and forgotten for generations before returning to the spotlight. These histories of collections and collectors yield valuable insights into the medieval jewels that brighten the private and public art collections of today.

This symposium will consider practices of collecting medieval art in a unique setting, within galleries displaying many of the finest masterpieces of Medieval and Renaissance art still in private hands. Surrounded by monumental works like sections of Canterbury Cathedral’s south transept window and miniature treasures like a thirteenth-century Limoges reliquary chasse, speakers will explore attitudes to collecting medieval art in the past, present and future.

The symposium is free to attend, but guests should RSVP to before Wednesday, December 20, 2017 to reserve a place. Email for more information.


9.30 am Doors open for registration and coffee

9.45am Welcome from Sam Fogg

10.00am Session 1: collecting and display chaired by Dr Sarah Guérin

Dr Paul Williamson – ‘Showing collections of medieval art: strategies of display, from private to public’

Dr Timothy B. Husband – ‘Collecting Medieval Art for The Cloisters: the three that got away’

11.30am coffee

11.45pm Session 2: collecting, cultural heritage and the art market chaired by Dr Nicholas A. Herman

Dr Martina Bagnoli – ‘Dealers, Collectors and Curators: a productive relationship in 19th century Italy’

Dr Jack Hinton and Dr Amy Gillette – ‘“A study close at hand of these fine examples of Gothic decoration”: the collecting, interpretation and display of the Taylor collection of English medieval woodcarvings’


13.15 lunch and chance to view the exhibition at Luhring Augustine

2.30pm Session 3: collecting medieval art, past and present

Professor Susie Nash – ‘Collecting art at the Courts of France in the late-fourteenth century’

Sir Paul Ruddock and Dr C. Griffith Mann – ‘In Conversation: Collecting Medieval Art Today’

3.45pm closing remarks from Dr C. Griffith Mann

4pm chance to view the exhibition at Luhring Augustine

CFP: Medievalism and the Rediscovery of Medieval Art (International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2018)

mermaidCall for papers: Medievalism and the Rediscovery of Medieval Art (International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2018)

Deadline: September 15

Required: 300-word abstract and CV

From archaeology to the archive, medieval studies can be traced through various discoveries – from the physical uncovering of artifacts and collections that shift the canon, to periods of concentrated, sometimes unprecedented, attention received by an artist, medium, region or particular artifact. Parallel to these physical and theoretical discoveries, the reuse and display of medieval styles, motifs and objects has brought scholarly discovery into contemporary discourse, and the reception of medieval objects into areas beyond academia. Each generation has their own vision of the Middle Ages, from Horace Walpole to William Morris, from J.R.R. Tolkien to George R.R. Martin. Through the imitation and inspiration of the past, figures interested in medieval art have added their own preoccupations into how the period is understood, from the sixteenth century up to the present day. The same is true of scholars and collectors, who have promoted particular geographical or political agendas in their study and favouring of particular schools, regions, countries, and empires.

At a time when facts seem flexible and the consensus seems fragmented, a considerationof the agendas behind the presentation of medieval studies seems timely. We are interested in the phenomenon of discovery as event, narrative, academic and artistic moment, in how discoveries alter how we understand history and shift disciplines. Discoveries often teach us as much about the society doing the discovering as the objects being discovered, in both the field of medieval studies and the broader picture of medieval art reception. As such, it seems appropriate to consider academic discovery and popular discovery side by side. How might one affect the other? What parallels can be drawn between different kinds of discoveries?

This session seeks papers about how such discoveries can be and are engendered, and how contemporary concerns affect the presentation or process of scholarly and popular discovery. Possible topics might include the re-use of medieval or medievalising motifs in subsequent centuries and contemporary culture, medievalising restorations, particular medieval collectors or collections, the appropriation of medieval aesthetics, old objects in new settings, case studies of particular discoveries or rediscoveries, the changing display of medieval artifacts, and how political and geographical agendas affect the reception of medieval art.

Please send 300-word abstracts, together with a CV, to and by September 15.

News: 13th century paintings discovered at Poitiers Cathedral


Some thirteenth century wall paintings of exceptional quality were discovered at Poitiers Cathedral earlier this year. Measuring 900 square metres, these murals were covered by whitewash in the eighteenth century.

You can read more here at France Bleu and watch a video here at la Nouvelle Republique

Best wishes for your winter holidays from all at Medieval  Art Research!

Call for Papers: Re/Generate – Medieval materiality and reuse (St Andrews, 6-7 May 2016)


Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2016

The University of St Andrews School of Art History in collaboration with the St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies (SAIMS) present

Re/generate: Materiality and the Afterlives of Things in the Middle Ages, 500-1500

an interdisciplinary conference on reuse and recycling in medieval Europe taking place on 6-7th May 2016.

In recent years, the discipline of Art History has been grappling with the concept of materiality, the very thingness of art. The material of medieval art, be it parchment, precious metal, gem, bone or stone, has emerged as a spearheading topic. Unsurprisingly, this “material turn” has prompted intriguing questions. To what extent does an ivory figure of the Virgin and Child embody the divine, rather than merely represent it? What exactly did pilgrims do with the holy dust or liquid which they carried away from saints’ shrines in little ampullae? It is within this context that we wish to explore how recycling was part of the medieval (re)creative process.

This conference will investigate the different ways in which medieval people used and reused goods, materials, and other elements from existing forms to create (or recreate) new art and architecture. Why did medieval people preserve, conserve, and recycle art and materials from a different era? Did such appropriation go beyond mere economic practicality? Could the very materiality of an object have been the reason for its retention or reinvention? The two-day conference is aimed at postgraduates and early career academics from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to history, art history, museum studies, archaeology, book studies and literature.

We invite twenty-minute papers on the following range of topics and their relationship to the study of materiality, recycling and reuse in middle ages:

  • Second-hand materiality of medieval art and/or everyday objects
  • The concept of refuse/garbage and its reuse
  • The medieval and post-medieval afterlives of things
  • Theoretical approaches to medieval materiality
  • Thing theory and Stuff theory
  • Semiotics and anthropology of medieval recycling and recreation
  • Issues of authorship, circulation and ownership of recycled art
  • Genealogy of recycled materials: spoils, heirlooms, relics, ruins and
  • Conservation, preservation and restoration in medieval thought and

Papers on other issues related to the study of materiality and reuse of materials in the Middle Ages or of medieval materials in post medieval practice are also welcome.

Please direct your submissions (250 word abstract) along with a short biography (100 word) to no later than 1st of February 2016.

Conference website

Publication: Predella, No. 35 – The Survival of the Trecento in the Fifteenth Century


Announcing that No. 35 of PREDELLA is online at

Gerardo de Simone, Emanuele Pellegrini2001-2015: Odissea di distruzione

The Survival of the Trecento in the Fifteenth Century

Louise Bourdua

Zuleika Murat
Trecento Receptions in Early Renaissance Paduan Art. The Ovetari Chapel and its Models: Revival or Persistence?

Paolo di Simone
«Gente di ferro e di valore armata».Postille al tema degli Uomini Illustri, e qualche riflessione marginale sulla pittura profana tra Medioevo e Rinascimento

Fabio Massaccesi
Giovanni da Modena and the Relaunch of the Vita-panel in the Quattrocento

Joanne Anderson
Mary Magdalen and the Imagery of Redemption: Reception and Revival in Fifteenth-Century Tyrol

Gerardo de Simone
The use of Trecento sources in Antoniazzo Romano and Lorenzo da Viterbo

Gabriele Fattorini
Sano di Pietro: un’ennesima replica dell’Assunta di Camollia di Simone Martini

Andrea Pinotti
El Greco at the Ophthalmologist’s

David Carrier
The Blind Spots of Art History: How Wild Art Came to Be – and Be Ignored

Johannis Tsoumas
Books, Windows and Walls: exploring the Pre-Raphaelite Movement second phase influence on Frederick James Shields’ decorative works

Cecilia Riva
La collezione Layard ?nel catalogo dattiloscritto 1896

Michele Fucich
«Un’immane critica delle confuse perifrasi». Introduzione a Carl Einstein critico d’arte (Parte II)

Paolo Coen
The level of our defeat:? the Italian Memorial at Auschwitz and the history of art

Eliana Carrara
De-tutela, idee e pareri? sui beni culturali e la loro difesa nell’Italia del Verybello

Stella Bottai
Per conoscere Marisa Volpi

Neville Rowley
Il Pollaiolo bruciato.? La Madonna col Bambino di Piero? del Pollaiolo nel Musée des Beaux-Arts di Strasburgo

Gigetta Dalli Regoli
Teste. Un’aggiunta ai disegni dall’antico: il ruolo di Lorenzo di Credi

Paolo di Simone
L’ambiguità del significante.? A proposito di alcune recenti letture della Tempesta, e di una possibile “fonte visiva” di Giorgione

Maria Barbara Guerrieri Borsoi
Nuovi documenti su Pietro da Cortona e il rinnovamento della cappella della Santissima Concezione?in San Lorenzo in Damaso

Elisa Tagliaferri
L’attività di Giacinto Fabbroni nel contado fiorentino: l’Impruneta e dintorni

Gigetta Dalli Regoli
Antonio e Piero del Pollaiolo. “Nell’argento e nell’oro, in pittura e nel bronzo…”

Alessandro Grassi
Carlo Dolci (1616-1686)

Michele Cuppone
I Petrignani di Amelia.?Fasti, committenze, collezioni tra Roma e l’Umbria

Annamaria Ducci
Vers une Europe Latine. Acteurs et enjeux des échanges culturels entre la France et l’Italie fasciste

Conference: Medieval Tombs and their Spatial Contexts. Strategies of Commemoration in Christianity and Islam, University of Tubingen (18-20 February 2016)

Leeds 2015 CFP - voices from the grave-1Medieval Tombs and their Spatial Contexts. Strategies of Commemoration in Christianity and Islam

University of Tubingen, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Alte Burse, Bursagasse 1, Raum X, 72070 Tübingen, Germany,

Conference: February 18 – 20, 2016. Registration deadline: Feb 15, 2016

The idea that the shaping of tombs and funeral places goes beyond aspects of personal welfare and mirrors social functions and meanings of commemoration up to political claims is very popular in medieval research and leaves its mark on examples from Christian and Islamic contexts likewise. Beside an enhanced interest in ritual integration, recent investigations show a wider perspective on concrete location and spatial situation as main factor for the understanding of tombs and their function. As a result, space is interpreted beyond physical boundaries and frames as a relational definition based on social construct in the sense of collective perception, use and appropriation. The conference will give the opportunity to discuss these approaches within comparative perspectives on medieval objects, buildings and places of commemoration in Christianity and Islam. The focus lies on the relevance and the integration of tombs as places and spaces of formative and constitutive character in both religious cultures.

Registration now open:


Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Tübingen, Alte Burse, Bursagasse 1, Raum X, 72070 Tübingen

Thursday, 18.02.2016

13.45 Opening remarks

Francine Giese, Zürich / Kristina Seizinger, Jens Brückner, Markus Thome, Tübingen

Section I – Workshop des Graduiertenkollegs „Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa“ Grabmaltopographien: Konstruktion und Wahrnehmung sakraler Orte und sozialer Distinktion

14.00 Jens Brückner, Tübingen

„Deus in cuius miseratione animae fidelium requiescunt…“ – die
liturgische Inszenierung von Grabmälern in Dom und Stadt Augsburg

14.45 Sebastian Scholz, Zürich

Totengedenken, Selbstdarstellung und Frömmigkeitspraxis im Spiegel der Inschriften vom 6. bis zum 15. Jahrhundert

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Kristina Seizinger, Tübingen

Wer erhielt ein Denkmal in der Kirche? Standortwahl und Visualisierungsstrategien sozialer Gruppen zwischen Tradition und Wandel

16.45 Markus Hörsch, Leipzig

Die Zisterzienserabteikirche Heilsbronn – Hohenzollern-Grablege und Abbild höfischer Hierarchie
18.15 Keynote Lecture

Tanja Michalsky, Rom

“Napoli (…) che é pietosissima verso li suoi passati, ali quali ogn’hora edifica sepolcri, fabrica sepolture, inalza marmi, statue et colossi …“.Die historiographische Erfassung der Grabmalstopographie im Neapel der Frühen Neuzeit

19.30 Apéro

20.45 Night visit: Die Tübinger Stiftskirche als Begräbnisort

Friday, 19.02.2016
Section II
Location of the sepulchral monument: appropriaton and construction of commemoration places

09.00 Xenia Stolzenburg, Marburg

Sieben Kirchen für ein Stiftergrab. Santo Sepolcro in Mailand im
Spiegel des Stiftungsdokumentes um 1030

09.30 Richard McClary, Edinburgh

On a Holy Mountain? Remote and Elevated Funerary Monuments in Medieval

10.00 Patricia Blessing, Stanford

Urban Space Beyond the Walls: Siting Islamic Funerary Complexes in Konya

Coffee break

11.00 Susanna Blaser, Zürich

Die programmatische Einbindung der Königinnen-Grabmäler in die
dynastische Nekropole in Saint-Denis bis zur Mitte des 15. Jahrhunderts

11.30 Eva Leistenschneider, Ulm

Aux piez et au plus près de la sepulture de nostre corps… – Die Gräber
von Familienmitgliedern und Höflingen des Königs in der
Herrschergrablege Saint-Denis

12.00 Fozia Parveen, Harrogate

Mythmaking, Symbols and Topography: The Ottoman Tombs of Selim I,
Suleiman I and Selim II

Lunch break

Section III
Shaping concepts: construction of meaning through formal, spatial and ritual reference frames

14.00 Francine Giese, Zürich

The Capilla Real in Córdoba. Transcultural Exchange in Medieval Spain

14.30 Antje Fehrmann, Berlin

Das Grabmal als Prozess: Form, Raum, Liturgie und Rezeption am englischen Königs- und Königinnengrabmal

Coffee break

15.30 Jessica Barker, London

Voices from the Grave: Tomb Monuments and Sound in Late-Medieval England

16.00 Sami L. De Giosa, London

The crosses of the Sultan: Sultan Qaytbay’s complex (1472-1474) and the mystery of two decorative elements carved in stone

16.30 Stefan Bürger, Würzburg

Zu den lokalen, liturgischen, historischen, genealogischen, baukulturellen und bautechnischen Kontexten der Grablege Bischof Thilo von Throtas im Merseburger Dom

18.15 Keynote lecture

Doris Behrens-Abouseif, London

Between written and unwritten testimonies: The Christian influences on
the mausoleum of Sultan Qalawun in Cairo

19.30 Conference dinner

Saturday, 20.02.2016

09.00 Markus Thome, Tübingen

Kathedralen als Gedächtnisräume. Das Bischofsgrabmal und die Visualisierung liturgischer Gemeinschaft im Spätmittelalter

09.30 Jörg Richter, Hannover

Eine Kathedrale ohne Bischöfe? Memorialtopographie und Memorialkalender am Halberstädter Dom im 15. Jahrhundert

Coffee break

Section IV
Political strategies: Power issues and sepulchral monuments as means of formation of identity

10.30 Barbara Franzé, Lausanne

Das Grabmosaik der Abtei von Saint-Bertin in Saint Omer (1109): Der Ausdruck der gräflichen Autorität zur Zeit der gregorianischen Reform

11.00 Christina Vossler-Wolf, Tübingen

Von Stiftern und Mönchen – Grablegen und monastische Raumkonzepte am Beispiel des ehemaligen Zisterzienserklosters Bebenhausen

11.30 Claudia Jentzsch, Berlin

„Florentiner Bescheidenheit“? Raumordnungen und Regulierungen der Begräbniskultur in spätmittelalterlichen Florentiner Sakralräumen

Lunch break

13.30 Sara Mondini, Venedig

A widespread ‘taste for the macabre’, apotropaic or political marks? Urbanism, landscapes and funerary architecture in the Indian Sultanates

14.00 Anna Pawlik, Köln

Ort des Gedenkens, Ort der Repräsentation. Das patrizische Grabmal im Spätmittelalter

14.30 Peyman Eshaghi, Karaj

From a Familial Grave to a National Shrine: Fundamental Changings in the Position of Safi-ad-din Ardabili’s tomb during the Safavid Dynasty in Iran

15.00 Final discussion


Registration deadline: Feb 15, 2016

Conference: Vernacular Architecture Group Spring Conference, Lincoln (29 March – 2 April 2016)


Tuesday March 29th – Saturday April 2nd 2016

The 2016 Spring Conference will be based at The Lincoln Hotel and has been organized by the Building Recording Team of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.


Tuesday: Registration from 2pm; Prof. David Stocker will be leading a tour of the Lower City starting at 2.30pm; evening meal at 7pm;
evening lecture at 8.15pm

Wednesday: Stone day: visits to Clipsham Quarry, Helpston Quarry and Stamford; after dinner the launch of ‘Steep, Strait and High’ by Christopher Johnson and Stanley Jones

Thursday: Lincoln’s Uphill timber-framed buildings; Hackthorn Estate and village

Friday: Mud and Stud day: visits to include Thimbleby and Mareham le Fen; an evening talk about Lincolnshire folk traditions and songs by Tom Lane and his group

Evening speakers will include Dr. Steve Parry, British Geological Survey and Alastair MacIntosh, Lincoln City Archaeologist

Conference fees & Accommodation

The accommodation is in The Lincoln Hotel, and consists of shared twin en-suite rooms with the option of occupying a room as a single (including single supplement). The conference evening facilities will be housed within the hotel.

Resident in shared twin room (en-suite) £330/£335 guest

Resident in single room (en-suite) £465/£470 guest

Non-resident [includes lunch and evening meals] £190/£195 guest

Additional handbooks (to be collected at the conference) £5 each

Handbook for those unable to attend (incl. postage) £7.50



The Vernacular Architecture Group is able to offer TWO bursaries to assist a registered student and a professional in the early years of their career to attend the Spring Conference. The Committee is aware that the cost often makes attendance difficult for students who might benefit from the visits, lectures and discussions, and from the opportunity to meet others active in the field. We hope that the recipients will be sufficiently inspired by the conference to wish to join the VAG if they are not already members. There is no upper age limit, and part-time students are also welcome to apply.

This bursary will cover the full cost of the conference fee.

Applicants must normally be students of vernacular architecture or a related discipline. They should send brief details including a resume of academic courses and any special reasons for attending this conference that may help in the selection of an appropriate candidate. Any application from a student must be endorsed by their course tutor, and any other financial support available to the applicant for attending the conference must be declared.

Students who are already members of the Group and propose to attend the conference with or without the support of a bursary should ensure a place on the conference by booking in the normal way. Any student member who has reserved a place at full cost but subsequently obtains a bursary will receive a full refund.

Recipients of bursaries will be asked to write a resume of the conference for the VAG Newsletter.

The closing date for applications to attend the VAG conference is February 1st 2016.

The closing date for applications for a conference bursary is Friday 22 January 2016.

See the attached for further details on how to apply.


2016 Spring conference bursary letter