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Conference: Gothic Arts: An Interdisciplinary Symposium (Philadelphia, 23-24/03/2018)

gothic artGothic Arts: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Van Pelt Library
University of Pennsylvania

March 23rd-24th, 2018

Mary Caldwell, Department of Music
Sarah M. Guérin, Department of the History of Art
Ada Kuskowski, Department of History

In a passage from Thomas Aquinas’s treatise on good governance, a text written for the Cypriot king around 1267, the angelic doctor wrote: “Art is the imitation of nature. Works of art are successful to the extent that they achieve a likeness of nature.” This passage would seem to be the perfect explanation for the exceptionally life-like Adam sculpted for the south transept at the Parisian Notre-Dame, completed a handful of years earlier and possibly seen by Thomas before he left Paris for his Italian sojourn. However, by “ars” Aquinas meant not our “fine arts,” but technique and, even more broadly, human endeavor. The passage comes not from a discussion of the visual arts, but from a justification of benign kingship as opposed to democracy—the former being more akin to nature.

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Conference: Die Stuttgarter Apokalypse-Tafeln – Studientag an der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (Stuttgart, 20/04/2018)


Eine Veranstaltung der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart und des Instituts für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Stuttgart:

Zwei Hauptwerke unserer Sammlung waren in den letzten Monaten Gegenstand eines interdisziplinären Forschungsprojekts: die »Stuttgarter Apokalypse-Tafeln«, die um 1332/34 in Neapel geschaffen wurden. Detailreich und originell schildern sie die Visionen der Endzeit aus dem biblischen Buch der Offenbarung.

Erstmals haben nun Kunsthistoriker, Restauratoren und Naturwissenschaftler gemeinsam zu den Tafeln geforscht. Ihre Ergebnisse präsentieren sie in dem Band »Die Stuttgarter Apokalypse-Tafeln«, der im März 2018 erscheint (80 Seiten, 69 farbige Abbildungen, Sandstein Verlag, Dresden, 19,90 € im Museumsshop). Mit großformatigen Farbtafeln und Detailaufnahmen zeigt das Buch, wie der Künstler zu seinen Bilderfindungen gelangte und durch seine raffinierte Maltechnik, verbunden mit kostbaren Materialien, die Wirkung der Gemälde steigerte. Neue Erkenntnisse zu Auftraggeber und Funktion verorten die Tafeln in der Hofkultur des Königs Robert von Anjou in Neapel.


Am 20.4.2018, 10.00–17.00 Uhr, veranstalten die Staatsgalerie und das Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Stuttgart einen internationalen Studientag mit Beiträgen renommierter Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus dem In- und Ausland.

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Conference “De l’Espagne à l’Europe du Nord. Les manuscrits enluminés français et flamands de la Bibliothèque nationale d’Espagne (Madrid)”, Lille University, 29/03/2018


Le projet scientifque intitulé De l’Espagne à l’Europe du Nord : les manuscrits français et flamands de la Biblioteca nacional de España (Madrid), dirigé par Anne-Marie Legaré, professeur d’Histoire de l’Art médiéval (IRHiS, UdL) et assistée de Samuel Gras, docteur en Histoire de l’Art médiéval (IRHiS, UdL), repose sur un partenariat inédit entre l’IRHiS, l’Université de Lille et la Biblioteca nacional de España (BNE) avec M. Javier Docampo, directeur de la BNE et Mme María José Rucio Zamorano, chef du département des manuscrits et des Incunables de la BNE.

L’Histoire de l’Art et l’espace septentrional sont au cœur du projet conçu par l’IRHiS et l’Université de Lille qui se concentre pour le moment sur les manuscrits enluminés d’origine française et flamande conservés à la BNE  ; un corpus d’une richesse exceptionnelle de plus de 150 pièces et qui constitue l’un des feurons de ses collections.

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Call for Papers: University of Kent Medieval and Early Modern Studies Summer Festival 15-16/06/2018, Deadline 23/03/2018


Now in its fourth year, MEMS Summer Festival is a two-day celebration of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including the study of religion, politics, history, art, drama, literature, and domestic culture from c. 400 – 1800. The festival, hosted at the University of Kent, is designed to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines, academic schools, and institutions. MEMS Fest aims to be an informal space in which postgraduate students, early career researchers, and academics can share ideas and foster conversations, while building a greater sense of community. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also welcome to participate in the conference.

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Conference: “Bells and Smells: Sensory Experiences of the Medieval Liturgy”, Senate House, University of London, 24/02/2018

Bells and Smells

The five senses occupied an ambiguous place in medieval religious life. For generations of theologians and pastoral writers, the senses were gateways for sin to enter body and soul. And yet, in the rarefied environment of liturgical performance, they became the means by which mortals could apprehend the Almighty. Imagery, music, incense, touch and even taste played a role in shaping medieval worshippers’ encounters with the sacred. The papers in this conference consider how the senses were employed and how they were a source of both religious solidarity and controversy.

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Call for Papers: Art of The Invisible, Courtauld Institute of Art 19/10/2018, Deadline 14/05/2018


An interdisciplinary conference at The Courtauld Institute of Art exploring art’s relationship with the invisible.

‘He even painted things that cannot be represented …’, Pliny eulogized Apelles in his Naturalis historia. ‘How can we with mortal eyes contemplate this image whose celestial splendour the host of heaven presumes not to behold?’, asks a Byzantine hymn dedicated to the celebrated Image of Edessa. Cennino Cennini, in the first chapter of his Libro dell’arte, writes that painting ‘…calls for imagination, and skill of hand, in order to discover things not seen, hiding themselves under the shadow of natural objects, and to fix them with the hand, presenting to plain sight what does not actually exist.’ In her 1949 essay Some memories of Pre-dada: Picabia and Duchamp, Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia tried to summarise the art of her era: ‘It would seem … that in every field, the principal direction of the 20th century was the attempt to capture the “nonperceptible”.’

Art has been preoccupied with the invisible before, between, and beyond these disparate yet kindred statements. One of artists’ greatest challenges is and has been representing the invisible subject, in its many guises. Artists working in media based on perception, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and installation, must devise strategies to visualise the invisible: It is a foundational paradox of art.

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Conference Mediterranean Artistic Interaction, Valletta 09/03/2018, Registration Deadline 07/03/2018


University of Malta, Valletta campus, March 9, 2018
Registration deadline: Mar 7, 2018

The Dynamics of Mediterranean Artistic Interaction in the Late Medieval and Renaissance Periods
International Conference – Department of Art and Art History, University of Malta

Convener: Dr Charlene Vella

13:30 – 14:00


First session (14:15 – 16:00) — chaired by Keith Sciberras

14:15 – 14:45
Mario Buhagiar (University of Malta): The Siculo-Byzantinesque ‘Virgin of St Luke’ at Mdina Cathedral, Malta

14:45 – 15:15
Kayoko Ichikawa (Universitè de Fribourg): The thirteenth-century Coronation of the Virgin in the context of Mediterranean artistic interaction

15:15 – 15:45
Keith Buhagiar (University of Malta): The Central Mediterranean dimension of Maltese Medieval cave-churches and their artistic relevance

15:45 – 16:00 question time

16:00 – 16:30 break

Second session (16:30  18:30) — chaired by Mario Buhagiar

16:30 – 17:00
Michele Bacci (Universitè de Fribourg): Dynamics of Cultural and Artistic Exchange in Hospitaller Rhodes (1310-1522)

17:00 – 17:30
Charlene Vella (University of Malta): The Madonna del Soccorso triptych at the Mdina Cathedral Museum: attribution and new considerations

17:30 – 18:00
Peter Humfrey (University of St Andrews): Venice, Cyprus and Venus

18:00 : 18:30 question time

18:30 Reception

Registration form:

For more information, contact the convener, Dr Charlene Vella on

Venue: Auditorium, University of Malta Valletta Campus, St Paul Street, Valletta