New Publication: ‘The Enclosed Garden and the Medieval Religious Imaginary’ by Liz Herbert McAvoy

During the Middle Ages, the arresting motif of the walled garden – especially in its manifestation as a sacred or love-inflected hortus conclusus – was a common literary device. Usually associated with the Virgin Mary or the Lady of popular romance, it appeared in myriad literary and iconographic forms, largely for its aesthetic, decorative and symbolic qualities.

New Publication: ‘Romanesque Tomb Effigies: Death and Redemption in Medieval Europe, 1000–1200’ by Shirin Fozi

Framed by evocative inscriptions, tumultuous historical events, and the ambiguities of Christian death, Romanesque tomb effigies were the first large-scale figural monuments for the departed in European art. In this book, Shirin Fozi explores these provocative markers of life and death, establishing early tomb figures as a coherent genre that hinged upon histories of failure and frustrated ambition.

Online Event: The Guelph Treasure, Historic Significance & Legal Implications, International Center of Medieval Art, 28 June 2021, 12pm (EST)

A Special Online Event Presented by Friends of the International Center of Medieval Art.

Online Lecture: ‘Relocating the Holy Places: Jerusalem in Early Medieval Europe’, with Professor Julia Smith, 24 June 2021, 17:30 (BST)

Discover how small portable objects enabled biblical sites to be relocated in Early Medieval Europe. Historian Julia Smith of the University of Oxford will discuss the various uses mobile objects were put to, as well as the significance attributed to them.

Online Lecture: ‘Vault Design at Ely Cathedral, Ely’ with Alex Buchanan and Nick Webb, 29 June 2021, 14–15pm (BST)

The Tracing the Past project at the University of Liverpool, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has spent the past seven years recording and analysing vaults in England. This lecture will introduce the project and share some of its key findings in relation to Ely Cathedral.

Exhibition: ‘Treasury Objects of the Middle Ages’, Sam Fogg, London, 24 June–30 July 2021

Sam Fogg’s Treasury Objects of the Middle Ages, will open next Thursday 24 June 2021. You can preview the exhibition by exploring some of its highlights and by watching a trailer on the exhibition page. Sam Fogg is delighted to welcome you to the gallery when the exhibition opens.

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)

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.

Online Lecture: ‘Becket: charismatic cathedral & sacred storytelling’ with Professors Paul Binski & Alixe Bovey, British Museum, 30 Jun 2021, 17.30–18.30 (BST)

This conversation, between art historians Paul Binski and Alixe Bovey, will explore the way Becket’s universality as a martyr was embodied in the architecture of Canterbury Cathedral, evoking the heroic age of early Christian martyrdom. 

New Publication: ‘Images and Indulgences in Early Netherlandish Painting’ by Miyako Sugiyama

book demonstrates the relationships between images and indulgences in fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Netherlandish art. In the Roman Catholic Church, indulgences served as a way to reduce temporal punishment in purgatory for one’s sins. Indulgences could be obtained by reciting prayers and performing devotional practices.

Online Conference: ‘Pluriversality at Play: Art and material culture in the thirteenth-century Mediterranean’, University of St Andrews, 17-18 June 2021, 2:15pm-6pm (BST)

This workshop, organised by Dr Anthi Andronikou, aims to relocate regional arts and cultures within a broader Mediterranean context from an interdisciplinary point of view. Scholars in the fields of Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish and Western Medieval studies will probe interconnections across different ethnic, political, artistic and confessional spheres through historical and art historical perspectives.