Online Lecture: The Drawing Compass as a Tool of Creation in Premodern Europe, The Warburg Institute, 10th-11th June 2021, 5:30-7pm (BST)

 ‘Circular Thinking’ is an online lecture, short papers and panel discussion devoted to the drawing compass, an essential tool of premodern makers that came to represent divine Creation. Although now associated primarily with architecture, the compass was a transmedial instrument, integral to a range of artisanal operations, yet evidence of its use is relatively thin.Continue reading “Online Lecture: The Drawing Compass as a Tool of Creation in Premodern Europe, The Warburg Institute, 10th-11th June 2021, 5:30-7pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: Curators’ Introduction – Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint, 7th May 2021, 17.30–18.30 (BST)

To mark last year’s 850th anniversary of his brutal murder, the exhibition explored Becket’s remarkable life, death and legacy. It presents his journey from a merchant’s son to Archbishop of Canterbury, and the attempts to obliterate his cult under the Tudor dynasty. Introduced and chaired by the Director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, theContinue reading “Online Lecture: Curators’ Introduction – Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint, 7th May 2021, 17.30–18.30 (BST)”

Online Seminar: The Global Middle Ages Seminar, Valerie Hansen and Morris Rossabi, 5th May 2021

Valerie Hansen and Morris Rossabi will present at the Global Middle Ages Seminar. They will each give a short paper followed by a moderated conversation and Q&A session. “The World’s Most Active Sea Route Before 1492: From the Chinese ports of Quanzhou and Guangzhou to Basra (in Modern Iraq) and Sofala (in Modern Mozambique)” (Valerie Hansen) Starting aroundContinue reading “Online Seminar: The Global Middle Ages Seminar, Valerie Hansen and Morris Rossabi, 5th May 2021”

Online Lecture: The Tacuina Sanitatis of Giangaleazzo Visconti – encounters between visual experience, courtly culture, and medicine, Dominic Olariu, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 25th May, 4.45pm for 5pm (BST)

Four illustrated Tacuinum sanitatis (Tables of Health) manuscripts commissioned in the late fourteenth century by Giangaleazzo Visconti, Count of Milan and Pavia, pioneered a genre of books based on empirical experience. The manuscripts assimilated the eleventh-century Arabic medical and dietary knowledge of the tract Taqwīm al-ṣiḥḥa (Restoration of Health), itself a ground-breaking work, combining this with new formats andContinue reading “Online Lecture: The Tacuina Sanitatis of Giangaleazzo Visconti – encounters between visual experience, courtly culture, and medicine, Dominic Olariu, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 25th May, 4.45pm for 5pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: Land, Memory and Power – Royal Privileges and the Representation of Kingship in Castile (c.1158 – 1350), Fernando Arias Guillén, 5th May 2020 1-2pm (BST)

Medieval encounters is an interdisciplinary medieval seminar series organised by Cambridge University, supported by the Trevelyan Fund and the History Faculty. Seminars normally take place in St Catharine’s College twice a term, including lectures and  events such as meetings with international graduate students and debates. Until further notice seminars are held on Zoom. The linkContinue reading “Online Lecture: Land, Memory and Power – Royal Privileges and the Representation of Kingship in Castile (c.1158 – 1350), Fernando Arias Guillén, 5th May 2020 1-2pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: Anachronic Empire: The Heraldic Columns of Diogo Cão as Colonial Monuments, Medieval and Modern, Dr Jessica Barker, 28th April 2021, 2.30-4.00pm (BST)

UEA World Art Research Seminar 2021 A black and white photograph shows four men standing around a column on a rocky outcrop, one in clerical dress, one in military uniform, and two more dressed in suits. The monument comprises a pitted stone column surmounted by a metal shield with the coat of arms of theContinue reading “Online Lecture: Anachronic Empire: The Heraldic Columns of Diogo Cão as Colonial Monuments, Medieval and Modern, Dr Jessica Barker, 28th April 2021, 2.30-4.00pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: The Ship in the Shop – A Brief Art History of Late Medieval Ships in Miniature, Achim Timmerman, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 6th May 2021, 4.45pm for 5pm (BST)

This paper newly outlines an art history of late medieval ship models and their contexts of use. Focusing on the mid-thirteenth through early sixteenth centuries in Europe, an age of rapid maritime expansion, it investigates the design and role of miniature vessels at the intersection between devotional practices, courtly culture, modes of patronage, and technologicalContinue reading “Online Lecture: The Ship in the Shop – A Brief Art History of Late Medieval Ships in Miniature, Achim Timmerman, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 6th May 2021, 4.45pm for 5pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: St David’s Cathedral: Teiliau Tyddewi – The Tiles of St Davids, Martin Crampin, 10th June 2021, 7pm (BST)

The patterns found on the late medieval ceramic tiles at St David’s Cathedral were the starting point for a series of new works by artist Martin Crampin. Sections of an initial piece of work was exhibited in local churches as part of the annual ‘Art on the Faith Trail’ event and subsequently brought together inContinue reading “Online Lecture: St David’s Cathedral: Teiliau Tyddewi – The Tiles of St Davids, Martin Crampin, 10th June 2021, 7pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: Paradise found: Romanesque tombs in Western Europe, c. 1000- c. 1150, Dr Xavier Dectot – Director of the future Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar, 30th April 2021 6-7 pm (BST)

Although the study of mediaeval tomb sculpture has been a fairly active field in the past decades, it has nearly exclusively focused on the much richer (at least in numbers) Gothic era. Most forays in the Romanesque have been driven by a teleological drive to find the supposed precursors of the Gothic monuments. This lectureContinue reading “Online Lecture: Paradise found: Romanesque tombs in Western Europe, c. 1000- c. 1150, Dr Xavier Dectot – Director of the future Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar, 30th April 2021 6-7 pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: ‘A Team Effort’: Architectural Drawing and Multimediality in Late-Medieval Spain, Costanza Beltrami, University of Oxford, 28th April 2021, 5-6pm (BST)

The Museo del Prado houses one of the most remarkable drawings of late-medieval Europe: a fifteenth-century view of the east end of San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo. Attributed to the church’s designer, Juan Guas (active 1453–1496), the drawing is unique for its representation of an interior perspective, populated by a wide-ranging decorative programme inContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘A Team Effort’: Architectural Drawing and Multimediality in Late-Medieval Spain, Costanza Beltrami, University of Oxford, 28th April 2021, 5-6pm (BST)”