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About thegrailquest

Anastasija Ropa holds a doctoral degree from Bangor University (North Wales), for a study in medieval and modern Arthurian literature. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Arthurian literature, focusing on its historical and artistic aspects. She is currently employed as guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. Anastasija’s most recent research explores medieval equestrianism in English and French literary art and literature, and she is also engaged as part-time volunteer horse-trainer. In a nutshell: Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education Graduate of the School of English, University of Wales, Bangor. Graduate of the University of Latvia Passionate about history, particularly the Middle Ages A horse-lover and horse-owner

CONF: WerkStattWissen – The Work of Art (Bern, 31 May – 2 Jun 17)

The Work of Art – Material and Technology in Sources and Workshop Practice

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Irene painting a diptych (of Christ?).

The variety of traditional sources poses a challenge to accessing practical knowledge in historical workshops. Texts and pictorial representations provide information on the production of materials and art works, but are not always reliable. What was their audience and purpose? Does the source result from hands-on experience, does it simply recapitulate older information or leave out essential details in order to preserve valuable workshop secrets?

From 31 May to 2 June 2017, the international conference “WerkStattWissen – The Work of Art” as part of the SNSF project “New Approaches to Art Technological Resources” sets out to evaluate a wide array of art technological sources. The conference consists of three panels examining historical texts and illustrations with regard to their reception and their application for restoration.

Programm / Details
hkb.bfh.ch/werkstattwissen

Registration
werkstattwissen@hkb.bfh.ch

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Call for Papers – Monografía Colectiva in Andalusian Studies

Invitamos a participar en una obra monográfica sobre La Ciudad Andalusí que será publicada por una editorial universitaria española a aquellos especialistas (historiadores, arqueólogos, arabistas, arquitectos, etc.) que tengan interés en torno a alguno de los dos siguientes temas:

fotonoticia844– Urbanismo andalusí.

– Complejos fortificados urbanos

– Complejos palatinos

– Espacios domésticos urbanos

– Mezquitas urbanas

– Infraestructuras hidráulicas y/o de saneamiento urbano

– Necrópolis urbanas

Los interesados deberán mandar un resumen de su propuesta en español, indicando el título del trabajo en una extensión máxima de 2 páginas en formato A-4 y letra Times New Roman 12 puntos. El trabajo propuesto debe ser original y novedoso, no habiéndose publicado en ninguna otra obra o revista. Además, deberá adjuntarse en el mismo documento un breve curriculum vitae (máximo 15-20 líneas), indicándose entre otras cuestiones el nombre del autor/a y su afiliación institucional, si así procede. Si la autoría es colectiva, se indicarán los nombres de los distintos participantes y se detallarán los curricula de cada uno de ellos.

La fecha máxima para la recepción de propuestas será el día 10 de mayo de 2017.

Estas deberán ser enviadas en formado .doc a: mmdelgado@us.es (Ma Mercedes Delgado Pérez) y lperez4@us.es (Luis G. Pérez Aguilar).

Colloque – Les marges

Le jeudi 18 mai 2017 se tiendra la journée thématique annuelle de l’IRHT consacrée aux marges. Ce thème, qui se trouve au carrefour des sciences du texte, rassemble toutes les sections du laboratoire, en ce qu’il touche aussi bien à la philologie, la lexicographie, l’histoire, la paléographie, qu’à la codicologie.

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Marginalia from the Queen Mary psalter f 133v

Autour du texte, dimension essentielle de la culture et de sa transmission, les espaces laissés vides sont devenus le réceptacle de mentions, décors, marques codicologiques, etc. qui participent à son histoire. Sur tous les supports – papyrus, parchemin ou papier, manuscrit ou imprimé – et quel que soit le type de document, des écrits de la pratique aux livres liturgiques, en passant par les textes scientifiques et juridiques, ces ajouts, contemporains ou postérieurs, doivent être analysés. Il s’agira ainsi de rendre compte de pratiques éditoriales (rubriques, manchettes, références, iconographie), de pratiques de lecture et d’utilisation des textes transmis (marques de repérage, annotations, gloses, commentaires), mais également de tout autre type d’ajouts indépendants (mentions de noms, listes de livres, décomptes).

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Books roundup: New Publications in Art

magdeburger-reiter-255x330GABRIELE KOSTER, UTA SIEBRECHT. Der Magdeburger Reiter, Schnell & Steiner, 2017, 368 p.
ISBN: 978-3795432027

Der Band versammelt Beiträge namhafter Experten aus den Bereichen Restaurierung, Kunstgeschichte, Geschichte und Rechtsgeschichte, die den aktuellen Forschungsstand zum Magdeburger Reiter als bedeutende Skulptur der mittelalterlichen Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven präsentieren.

Der Magdeburger Reiter, entstanden um 1240, gilt als das älteste erhaltene freiplastische Reiterstandbild nördlich der Alpen seit dem Ausgang der Antike und ist damit eine der bedeutendsten Skulpturen der mittelalterlichen Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte Europas. Im November 2015 fand aus Anlass der vollendeten Restaurierung des Kunstwerkes im Kulturhistorischen Museum Magdeburg eine interdisziplinäre Tagung zum Magdeburger Reiter statt.
Der dritte Band der Schriftenreihe des Zentrums für Mittelalterausstellungen widmet sich dem Reiterstandbild als mittelalterliches Kunstwerk, städtisches Wahrzeichen und europäisches Erbe. Erstmals liegt damit eine umfassende Publikation zum Magdeburger Reiter vor. Sie präsentiert fächerübergreifend die wissenschaftlichen Beiträge der Tagung, den Untersuchungs- und Restaurierungsbericht sowie eine umfangreiche Fotodokumentation der bedeutenden Skulpturengruppe.

 

JOSÉ ORFILA. Regards panoramiques sur le monde médiéval et Notre Dame de Reims, Godefroy de Bouillon, 2016, 520 p.JOSÉ ORFILA. Regards panoramiques sur le monde médiéval et Notre Dame de Reims, Godefroy de Bouillon, 2016, 520 p.
ISBN: 978-2841913282

24 figures (en couleurs) et 229 photos (dont14 en couleurs) illustrent ce livre à la gloire de l’architecture du monde médiéval. Depuis plus d’un demi-siècle, la pression toujours renouvelée des esthétiques avant-gardistes a modifié notre vision des choses. Nous avons découvert les mérites des arts les plus lointains et les plus anciens que l’on appelait jadis primitifs et qu’il faut honorer désormais du nom de “premiers”, ce qui les pare d’emblée des plus rares vertus. On est même allé jusqu’à les estimer “plus essentiels”. Rien d’étonnant donc que le gothique, celui des 12eme et 13eme siècles trop élaboré, trop conscient de soi et trop éloigné des pulsions basiques ne soit plus en faveur. De nos jours on se doit d’accorder plus de valeur aux masques africains, aux totems amérindiens et aux statues de l’Ile de Pâques qu’à la Ste Chapelle. Et l’évolution politico-culturelle réactivant les voluptueux mirages de l’Orient qui émoustillaient les mâles romantiques, le Français moyen commence à se sentir plus en phase avec le Tajmahal qu’avec la cathédrale de Reims. Car notre époque est avide de “retours aux sources” à condition que ce soient celles des autres et vénère toutes les traditions sous réserve que ce ne soient pas les nôtres. Ce livre rappelle la richesse de notre civilisation mise à l’écart par les bien-pensants.

 

art-nature-237x330NICOLE R. MYERS (ed.). Art and Nature in the Middle Ages, Yale University Press, 2017, 136 p.
ISBN: 978-0300227055

This splendidly illustrated book explores the universal and multifaceted theme of nature as manifested in Western European art of the Middle Ages. Fascinating essays consider the concept in the context of medieval philosophy, theology, and poetry. The masterpieces highlighted here,  from the distinguished collection of the Musée de Cluny, span the 12th through the 16th centuries and include an impressive array of objects destined for both religious and secular purposes—from exquisite stained glass and carved capitals to spectacular enameled jewelry, illuminated manuscripts, and woven tapestries. Art and Nature in the Middle Ages provides an essential understanding of the symbolism and significance of motifs taken from the natural world, as well as the technical mastery of the medieval artisans who produced these remarkable objects.
Nicole R. Myers is the Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art.

CONF: Riemenschneider In Situ (Rothenburg/Wuerzburg, 21-24 Jun 17)

220px-Tilman_Riemenschneider_Barbara-1Rothenburg and Würzburg, 21. – 24.06.2017

Conference Program

In 1980, Michael Baxandall introduced the sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider and his artistic milieu to English-speaking art historians — specialists and non-experts alike — with his book The Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany. This publication appeared just a year prior to the first major exhibition of Riemenschneider’s early works in Würzburg’s Mainfränkisches Museum (1981). In the wake of Baxandall’s contribution, several major exhibitions, including those in Washington, Nuremberg, and Würzburg, have been dedicated to the sculptor vis-a-vis his contemporaries in southern Germany. These exhibitions and accompanying volumes have promoted inquiry into Riemenschneider’s commissions, his workshop practice, and the contemporary artistic climate.  But they have also led the sculptor’s works that survive in situ—and thus too large, heavy, or fragile to travel—to receive comparatively less scholarly attention. The Riemenschneider in Situ conferen e aims to redress this gap in art historical scholarship not only by examining the in situ artworks themselves but also the physical and discursive spaces in which they were installed.

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CFP: Journal for Art Market Studies – Issue on “Translocations and the Art Market”

Deadline: Jun 15, 2017

Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik

Call for Papers

Deadline abstract (2,000 characters): 15 June 2017
Deadline article (30,000 characters): 31 October 2017

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Journal for Art Market Studies – Issue on “Translocations and the Art Market”
https://www.fokum-jams.org

Since 2017 the Institute for Art History and Historical Urban Studies at Technische Universität Berlin has been publishing the Open Access Journal for Art Market Studies (JAMS). As part of the Institute’s well established Centre for Art Market Studies, the publication presents interdisciplinary research results on the past and present art market. The Journal conforms to Open Access standards including website submission through www.fokum-jams.org and peer reviews. Articles are published both as pdf and in HTML format, they are DOI registered and usually subject to a CC BY-NC copyright license.

For January 2018 we are planning an issue on the subject of “Translocations and the Art Market”, guest-edited by Professor Bénédicte Savoy. It will focus on the role of the art market in territorial displacements of cultural assets since antiquity. The context for this issue of the journal will be the wide research area outlined in the Leibniz Project Cluster “Translocations”, which will explore different forms, consequences, directions and backgrounds of such translocations. However, contributions to this issue of the journal should focus specifically on art market research.

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TOC: Art History and the Global Challenge. Artl@s Bulletin vol. 6,1

journalWe are pleased to announce the publication of the new issue of the Artl@s Bulletin devoted to Art History and the Global Challenge.

http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/artlas/

For this special issue of the Artl@s Bulletin, we asked a diverse group of scholars to share with us their perspectives on the “Global turn” and the ways the “Digital turn” is affecting it.

This survey must be regarded as a dialogue in progress: other conversations will follow and will contribute to widening the range of critical perspectives on art history and the Global challenge gathered in this issue.

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