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Murray Seminars of Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck (12th December 2016)

giovanni_di_bicci_de_mediciMonday 12th December

Paul Davies will speak on ‘Saving the soul of Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici: function and design in the Old Sacristy’

Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici (c.1360-1429), founder of the Medici bank, was buried in the sacristy of S. Lorenzo in Florence. This sacristy was certainly a lavish structure, and one designed and furnished by the leading artists of the day, Brunelleschi and Donatello, but why did he want to be buried in a sacristy? This question is usually answered by considering the opportunities the new chapel afforded for conspicuous consumption and, by extension. for rivalry with other leading Florentine families, most notably the Strozzi who had only just begun a lavish sacristy at S. Trinita. While not dismissing this motive as a contributory factor, this paper considers whether there were more pressing reasons for his choice. It asks whether he believed interment in a sacristy might help save his soul and it goes on to consider whether this notion affected how the sacristy was designed.

All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 106 at 5pm.  Talks finish by 5.30pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.

Murray Seminars of Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck (24th November 2016)

frederick-iiThursday 24th November, 5pm

Pippa Salonius will speak on ‘Authority, Nature and the Image’: 

Medieval culture has been described as a ‘culture of authority’. Kings, princes, and city-states all sought to establish themselves as central figures of authority. The pope, as the earthly representative of divine authority and justice, strived to remain their point of reference. As the ultimate authority, God’s work could be cited in words from the Bible or as images of the natural world. In a society where the word of God reigned supreme, visual reminders of this chain of command were of vital importance. Images, after all, were the lingua franca of medieval Christendom, but given the abstract nature of the message, how was its meaning best conveyed?

All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 106 at 5pm.  Talks finish by 5.30pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.

Seminar: Medieval Textiles: Meaning and Materiality, 25th November 2016

jacobusBirkbeck Medieval Seminar: Medieval Textiles: Meaning and Materiality

On the occasion of the V&A Museum’s unprecedented exhibition of opus anglicanum, this one-day interdisciplinary conference brings together leading and emerging scholars working on questions of meaning and materiality in medieval textiles, both real and imaginary.

 

The conference is organised by Birkbeck Medieval Seminar and the History of Art Department with support of the Murray Bequest. The programme, and details of how to book can be found at: https://medtex.eventbrite.co.uk

Friday 25th November, 2016, 10.00am -5.00pm.

Birkbeck, University of London, Room 101, 30 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DT

Seminar: Flemish Manuscript Illumination and Antwerp Mannerism, 12 October 2016

jacquesdelalaing-600x600Joint Renaissance Medieval Work in Progress Seminar:  Flemish Manuscript Illumination and Antwerp Mannerism

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

Wednesday 12 October 2016
  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Research Forum seminar room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Speaker  Dr Elizabeth Morrison: Senior Curator of Manuscripts J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Although it has been well established that Flemish manuscript illumination of the sixteenth century was deeply entwined with the art of panel painting, most studies have heretofore largely considered individual artists or looked at the cross-over of particular instances of iconography. The recent acquisition by the J. Paul Getty Museum of a magnificent manuscript of the Livre des fais de Jacques de Lalaing opens new avenues of research into the concept of overall stylistic borrowings between the two media. The manuscript’s miniatures are the work of an unknown artist who was deeply influenced by the work of the so-called “Antwerp Mannerists” in terms of style and the integration of well-known tropes, but also artfully combined with established elements associated with vernacular manuscript painting of the period. This paper will consider how this artist, whose work has been identified in a handful of manuscripts, creates an innovative fusion between the arts of manuscript and panel painting, taking astute advantage of the possibilities offered by both.

Cambridge Medieval Art Seminar Series: Craft, Process, Techne

medieval-seminars-2016The University of Cambridge Senior Seminar in Medieval Art meets every other week during full term, attracting an impressive range of speakers from home and abroad.

The Department of the History of Art is pleased to announce the programme for the annual Medieval Art Seminar Series 2016-17. The seminars will explore ideas of craft and process in medieval art at practical and theoretical levels.

Papers (and in one case, a trip to the V&A) will be held on alternating Mondays during Michaelmas and Lent terms and the final two papers of our series will be held in Easter term. The venue for the seminars is Lecture Room 2 of the History of Art Department (1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX), beginning promptly at 5.30pm. Following questions, attendees are invited to stay and speak more informally with speakers over wine and light nibbles. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Organisers: Robert Hawkins, Amy Jeffs

Please email Robert Hawkins at rh540@cam.ac.uk with any queries.

Programme:

Monday 10th October

Zoe Boden (Victoria and Albert Museum & University of Glasgow)

Opus Anglicanum and the Steeple Aston Cope

Monday 24th October

Group visit to the Opus Anglicanum Exhibition, meet 1.45pm at the V&A

Monday 7th November

Dr George Younge (University of York)

Anglo-Saxon sources of the Theological Windows at Canterbury Cathedral

Monday 21st November

Prof Richard Sennett (LSE and NYU)

The Craftsman: a Discussion

Monday 23rd January

Dr Lucy Wrapson (University of Cambridge, HKI)

Thomas Gooch and Thomas Loveday, two Suffolk Carpenters and their Rood Screens

Monday 6th February

Anya Burgon (University of Cambridge)

The Mechanical Arts in Twelfth-Century School Poetry

Monday 20th February

Dr Peter Dent (University of Bristol)

‘Domine dio fece scolpire questa croce’: Carving the Crucifix in Late Medieval Italy

Monday 27th February

Prof Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen)

The Craft of Spinning

Monday 6th March

Dr Tom Nickson (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Gothic Encounters? Architectural History, Phenomenology and the Gothic Church

Monday 1st May

Prof Susan Rankin (University of Cambridge)

Writing sound : Designing Notation : Carolingian Musical Techne

Monday 15th May

Agata Gomolka (University of East Anglia)

Carving Romanesque Chiaroscuro

 

Seminar: The Digital Pilgrim Project 19th October 2016

another-medieval-pilgirm-badgePlease join us at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art on the evening of the 19th October. The seminar will discuss the Digital Pilgrim Project and the art historical/museological potential of digital technologies.

http://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/whats-on/forthcoming/digital-pilgrim-project

The Digital Pilgrim Project is digitising the British Museum’s collection of medieval badges and 3D imaging a selection. The 3D scans are making these miniature objects of art publicly accessible, in some cases for the first time since their acquisition.

Presentations will be followed by discussion.

Our 3D scans can be seen here: https://sketchfab.com/britishmuseum/collections/digital-pilgrim