Online Lecture: ‘Medieval Fabergé: African Ostrich Eggs, Global Currency’, with Krisztina Ilko, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 14 December 2021 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)

This talk examines the ostrich eggs suspended above Duccio’s Maestà at the late medieval main altar of Siena cathedral, through the lens of cultural exchange. In doing so, it sheds new light on such eggs, which it suggests were a material currency from Africa which served ritual purposes and which traversed expanding global arenas. ByContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘Medieval Fabergé: African Ostrich Eggs, Global Currency’, with Krisztina Ilko, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 14 December 2021 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)”

Hybrid Joint Seminar: ‘Cities of the Living and the Dead: Sultanic and Royal Burial in Late Medieval Cairo and Paris Compared’, Caitlin John, and ‘Trade of Devotional Objects in Later Medieval London: Evidence from the City Customs Accounts, c. 1380-1530’, Eliot Benbow, Thursday 18 November 2021, 5:30PM – 7:30PM (GMT)

This year, most of our seminars will be held in a hybrid format, with an in-person audience and a zoom room online. The seminar will take place in UCL’s Cruciform LT2. Anyone who wishes to attend in person is welcome to, but you must register online. The online form will ask you to specify whether youContinue reading “Hybrid Joint Seminar: ‘Cities of the Living and the Dead: Sultanic and Royal Burial in Late Medieval Cairo and Paris Compared’, Caitlin John, and ‘Trade of Devotional Objects in Later Medieval London: Evidence from the City Customs Accounts, c. 1380-1530’, Eliot Benbow, Thursday 18 November 2021, 5:30PM – 7:30PM (GMT)”

Online/In Person Lecture: The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects, Dr. Iliana Kasarska, American University of Paris, 18 November 2021

For those of you who are based in Paris, you are welcome to come to a lecture by Dr. Iliana Kasarska on The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects. It will take place at the American University of Paris at 6 rue du Colonel Combes (75007) on Thurs. Nov. 18 at 6pm in room C-104. There isContinue reading “Online/In Person Lecture: The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects, Dr. Iliana Kasarska, American University of Paris, 18 November 2021”

Online Lecture: East of Byzantium: Eternal ‘Silk Road’? The Rise of Sogdiana during the 3rd–4th Centuries A.D., Sören Stark, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, Monday 15 November, 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

The last three decades ‘Silk Road’ studies have seen an unprecedented boom. As one of the consequences of this boom, Sogdiana and its traders were brought into the view of the broader academic and non-academic audience. Unfortunately (as is often the case with popular labels attached to research) the ‘Silk Road’ label has a tendencyContinue reading “Online Lecture: East of Byzantium: Eternal ‘Silk Road’? The Rise of Sogdiana during the 3rd–4th Centuries A.D., Sören Stark, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, Monday 15 November, 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)”

Online Lecture: Jeffrey Hamburger: ‘Colour in Cusanus’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Wednesday 17 November 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)

This research paper considers how Nicholas of Cusa, the fifteenth-century polymath, sought to convey higher truths in diagrammatic form For Nicholas of Cusa, the fifteenth-century polymath, diagrams comprised the perfect medium with which to represent the highest truths. No less important, they were the ideal vehicle for attaining such truths in the first place. InContinue reading “Online Lecture: Jeffrey Hamburger: ‘Colour in Cusanus’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Wednesday 17 November 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)”

Online Lecture: The Sound of the Lectionary: Chant, Architecture, and Salvation in Byzantium, Roland Betancourt, November 30, 2021, 2:00–3:30 pm (EST)

Looking at the interplay between chant, architecture, and manuscript illumination, this talk considers the ways in which notions of salvation were sonically articulated in the Divine Liturgy during the Middle Byzantine period. Tracing the Gospel lectionary from text to illustration to recitation, this lecture looks at how Byzantine artists produced a unified experience that tookContinue reading “Online Lecture: The Sound of the Lectionary: Chant, Architecture, and Salvation in Byzantium, Roland Betancourt, November 30, 2021, 2:00–3:30 pm (EST)”

Lecture: Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Catherine Yvard, The Research Forum,10 November 2021, 5:00PM – 6:30PM (GMT)

With over 2000 cuttings from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, the V&A holds one of the largest collections of this kind in the world. On the occasion of the Fragmented Illuminations exhibition at the V&A (8 September 2021-8 May 2022), curator Catherine Yvard will explore the history of this collection, and highlight some of the exciting discoveries made while researching forContinue reading “Lecture: Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Catherine Yvard, The Research Forum,10 November 2021, 5:00PM – 6:30PM (GMT)”

Online Lecture: Common Threads: Textiles at the Frontiers of Faith, A Virtual Scholars’ Event for the Exhibition at The Met Cloisters Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith, Wednesday 10 November 2021 1:00-2:30 PM ET

The sumptuous patterned silk textiles produced in the multifaith medieval Iberian Peninsula, objects of great value as well as desire, played a paramount role in facilitating interactions among elite consumers, no matter their beliefs. Rare and precious surviving medieval Iberian fiber arts evoke for modern audiences a variety of social, political, and economic relationships, yetContinue reading “Online Lecture: Common Threads: Textiles at the Frontiers of Faith, A Virtual Scholars’ Event for the Exhibition at The Met Cloisters Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith, Wednesday 10 November 2021 1:00-2:30 PM ET”

Online Lecture: Stargates – ‘Magical Images in Late Medieval Manuscripts’, Dr. Jean-Patrice Boudet, The Warburg Institute, 10 November 2021, 5:30PM – 7:00PM (GMT)

Stargates – The Magic of Images from Heka to the Monas Hieroglyphica is a lecture series dedicated to the material aspects of making magical images. Following a chronological sequence in order to underline the transformations, continuities, and discontinuities from ancient to “modern” practices, this series builds on the legacy of the Warburg Institute scholars D.P.Continue reading “Online Lecture: Stargates – ‘Magical Images in Late Medieval Manuscripts’, Dr. Jean-Patrice Boudet, The Warburg Institute, 10 November 2021, 5:30PM – 7:00PM (GMT)”

Online Lecture: ‘Collecting the Medieval Past: What, Why, How?’, Friends of the ICMA, 28th October 2021 18:00 BST

Please join the friends of the ICMA for the third in a series of special online events on Thursday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m. EST with panelists who are prominent collectors and engaged with the art market.