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Funding and Scholarship: PhD studentship, Norwich/London (Deadline 07/05/2018)

PhD FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: AHRC CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award


Is a broken artwork useless?
What can only a fragment of something tell us about the past?

The University of East Anglia, in partnership with the Museum of London, invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time or part-time Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council through the CHASE doctoral training partnership, to conduct research as part of the Beautiful Fragments Project.

This Collaborative Doctoral Award will support PhD research into the role played by fragmentary objects in understanding the art and visual culture of the later Middle Ages (c.1000-1500).
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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 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

Summer Seminars in Paleography and Archival Studies

mediciJune 4 – July 7, 2018
Deadline: May 27, 2018

Summer Seminars in Paleography and Archival Studies

Session I: 4 – 9 June 2018 / Deadline: 27 May 2018
Session II: 25 – 30 June 2018 / Deadline: 18 June 2018
Session III: 2 – 7 July 2018 / Deadline:  25 June 2018

The Medici Archive Project is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming 2018 Summer seminars in paleography and archival studies: Session I (4-9 June), Session II (25-30 June) and Session III (2-7 July).
The principal aim of this seminar is to provide an introduction to Italian archives (with particular emphasis on Florentine archival collections); to examine in-depth various documentary typologies; to read diverse early modern scripts; and to learn how to plan research in Italian archives and libraries. Especially relevant for graduate students, university faculty, and museum curators working on Renaissance and early modern topics, this seminar is taught by a team of current and former MAP scholars, as well as university professors and other MAP-affiliated researchers. Participating students will be taught at the MAP headquarters at Palazzo Alberti in Via de’ Benci 10.
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Seminar: Light made and light received: Architectural polychromy in northern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries

Timbert20photo-600x600Wednesday 14 February 2018
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Research Forum Seminar Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Light in the Gothic period (twelfth and thirteenth centuries) has been the subject of numerous studies. These have drawn heavily on the writings of abbot Suger and focus particularly on stained glasses or liturgical objects. Aniconic polychromy is very rarely considered. This lecture will therefore explore the relationship between light and architectural polychromy. It will also consider the atmosphere and luminous identities generated by the use of local pigments.


Arnaud Timbert is Professor of Art History of the Middle Ages (University of Picardy Jules-Verne). He is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Stained Glass Center (CVMA). With the support of this institution, he sponsored a collective and interdisciplinary work on Chartres Cathedral (2014). He has also directed several works on materials and construction techniques (abbey church of Vézelay and Noyon cathedral) and restoration (castles of Pierrefonds and Pupetières). Whilst a fellow at the INHA (2015-2017) he also inaugurated a study of the historiography of architecture with a critical edition of the correspondence of Louis Grodecki (2018).

Resources: British Library Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks

1200px-British_library_londonWe have been hard at work here at the British Library and we are excited to share with you a brand new list of Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks. You can currently view on Digitised Manuscripts no less than 1,943 manuscripts and documents made in Europe before 1600, with more being added all the time. For a full list of what is currently available, please see this PDF Download Digitised MSS January 2018. This is also available in the form of an Excel spreadsheet Download Digitised MSS January 2018 (this format cannot be downloaded on all web browsers).

The list reflects the wide range of materials made available online through our recent on on-going digitisation projects, including Greek manuscripts and papyri, pre-1200 manuscripts from England and France thanks to funding from the Polonsky Foundation, and illuminated manuscripts in French and other European vernacular languages.

Many images of our manuscripts are also available to download from our Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscriptswhich is searchable by keywords, dates, scribes and languages. We also recommend taking a look at the British Library’s Collection Items pages, featuring Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook of scientific drawings and the single surviving copy of the Old English poem Beowulf.

JOB: 2018-2019 New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer short-term research fellowships to support graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent researchers.  Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities, business, and the fine and performing arts are encouraged to apply.

research_interior_2014_09_18_sasb_manuscripts_8019Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the Library for the duration of their fellowship and to write a blog post for about their work with the Library’s collections.

The Manuscripts and Archives Division of The New York Public Library holds over 29,000 linear feet of material in over 5,500 collections, with strengths in the papers and records of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the New York region. These collections support research in the political, economic, social, and cultural history of New York and the United States. Continue reading