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Conference: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443-1517, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th June 2017 – 30th June 2017

238d-5c94-4eb4-bd92-3202Conference: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443-1517, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th June 2017 – 30th June 2017
Fees: Standard Registration Fee – £160.00; graduate Registration Fee – £120.00; dinner – £60.00
Register by June 21

After Chichele adopts an investigative and interdisciplinary approach. The period has been chosen precisely because the inner workings of English intellectual and religious life during these years have proved challengingly resistant to the formation of grand critical narratives. What are the chief currents driving the intellectual and cultural life of the church in England during this period? What happened to intellectual questioning during the period, and where did the church’s cultural life express itself most vividly? What significant parochial, regional, national and international influences were brought to bear on English literate practices? In order to address these questions, the conference will adopt an interdisciplinary focus, inviting contributions from historians, literary scholars, and scholars working on the theology, ecclesiastical history, music and art of the period.


Lecture series: Visibility and presence of the Image in Ecclesiastical Space

jan_van_eyck_-_the_madonna_in_the_church_-_google_art_projectLecture series: Visibilité et présence de l’image dans l’espace ecclésial, INHA Paris, March 24 – June 16, 2016.

The analysis of medieval Church space requires wide-ranging consideration of mounmental and ritual context. Current research focuses on the reception of images, and on the visibility and legibility of images. Both in the Latin West and in Byzantium, consideration is given to the mise en scène of the sacred through the interaction of monument, rite, objects, decoration and perception. This lecture series features experts of both the Byzantine Orient and the Latin West, focusing on questions raised during an introductory session on 25 Septembre 2015. A large space will be left for discussion with the aim of obtaining a multi-disciplinary perspective on the medieval image.

Jeudi 24 Mars 2016, 14h30–17h30, Salle Vasari
Thème : Lumière et éclairage de l’espace cultuel : perception et
réception des images
– Lioba Theis (Universität Wien) The Orchestration of Enlightenment:
Light in Sacred Space – Nicolas Reveyron (université Lumière Lyon II)
Image et lumière : performance et polychronie
– Répondant: Andréas Nicolaïdès (université Aix-Marseille)

Jeudi 19 Mai 2016, 14h30–17h30, Salle Vasari
Thème : Images monumentales et jeux d’échelle : les dynamiques
spatiales du lieu de culte
– Isabelle Marchesin (INHA) La mise en réseau des hommes et des
artefacts dans l’église Saint-Michel d’Hildesheim
– Annemarie Weyl Carr (Southern Methodist University, Dallas) Across a
Crowded Room: Paths of Perception in Cyprus’ Painted Churches
– Répondant: Daniel Russo (université de Bourgogne)

Jeudi 16 Juin 2016, 14h30–17h30, Salle Jullian
Thème : Visibilité et lisibilité du dialogue entre images et
inscriptions dans l’espace cultuel
– Vincent Debiais (CNRS – CESCM Poitiers) Absence /silence des
inscriptions en contexte liturgique : quelques exemples hispaniques
– Catherine Jolivet-Lévy (EPHE) Inscriptions et images dans quelques
églises byzantines de Cappadoce : visibilité / lisibilité, interactions
et fonctions
– Répondant: François Bougard (IRHT) Conclusion du cycle : Sulamith
Brodbeck et Anne-Orange Poilpré (université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)

Study day: Monumental Brass Society at Battle, East Sussex (28 March 2015)

John Wythines, S.T.D., born at Chester, fellow of Brasenose College, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, Dean of Battle for 42 years, 1615, aged 84, in cap, gown and scarf holding a book. Reproduced by permission of the Monumental Brass Society

John Wythines, S.T.D., born at Chester, fellow of Brasenose College, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, Dean of Battle for 42 years, 1615, aged 84, in cap, gown and scarf holding a book. Reproduced by permission of the Monumental Brass Society

The church of St Mary the Virgin, Battle, was established by Abbot Ralph c. 1115 on the battlefield of 1066. The church includes a magnificent transitional nave, a rare wall painting of St Margaret of Antioch of c.1300 and the gilded and painted alabaster tomb of Sir Anthony Browne (1548) who acquired the abbey at the Dissolution. The earliest surviving brass is for Sir John Lowe (1426) with a distinctive memento mori inscription

Brasses for the deans of Battle; Robert Clere, engraved c.1430, and John Wythines, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Dean of Battle for 42 years, who died in 1615 are to be found north and south area of the sanctuary respectively.

This meeting, on Saturday 28th March 2015, is free for members and non-members of the Society.


2.00p.m. Welcome
by Martin Stuchfield, President of the Monumental Brass Society

2.05p.m. St Mary’s Church Battle
by Clifford Braybrooke

2.30p.m. The Brasses of Battle Church
by Robert Hutchinson

3.00p.m. The Monument to Sir Anthony Browne and his wife, Alice Gage
by Nigel Llewellyn

3.30p.m. Tour of the church and viewing of the brasses and monuments led by Pat Roberts

4.15 Tea

The Church will be open prior to the meeting.

St Mary’s Church is located in Upper Lake in the centre of Battle with ample parking in the vicinity. The postcode for satellite navigation is TN33 0AN. The nearest station is Battle (served from London: London Bridge).

Call for papers: Between Heaven and Earth: Ecclesiastical Patronage in Europe, 1400-1600 (Courtauld Institute of Art, 9 May 2015)

Scenes from the Life of a Bishop, panel 1. Before c. 1520. Master of the von Groote Adoration © The Courtauld Institute of Art

Scenes from the Life of a Bishop, panel 1. Before c. 1520. Master of the von Groote Adoration © The Courtauld Institute of Art

Deadline for CFP, 2 February 2015

Third Annual Renaissance Symposium at the Courtauld Institute of Art

In recent years, the artistic commissions of ecclesiastic and lay patrons – both individual and collective – have been a fruitful area of scholarship. Research addressing issues of sacred space, devotional practice, and the materiality of extant objects has generated new insights into the artistic provisions made for patronal commemoration and salvation. Often, however, the interests of lay and ecclesiastical patrons have been considered separately, with a lesser focus on how the differences in their status mediated a shared pursuit of commemoration in death. Clerical patronage of art in Renaissance Europe allowed for an expression of political identity and dynastic power during life, but how did their status and role in society affect their choices for the afterlife? Were ecclesiastical patrons more acutely aware of a pressing need to make provision for their personal salvation than their lay counterparts? If so, was this reflected when commissioning commemorative or devotional art? Was the desire to secure a wider intercessory audience expressed more consciously or emphatically in the art of the clergy?

This conference seeks to shed light on the ways in which ecclesiastical patrons utilised devotional and commemorative art. Was there a dialogue between their individual selves and the institutions in which they chose to locate their foundations? Crucially, how do these foundations comment on ecclesiastical life and afterlife? By examining a category of patrons that was highly aware of devotional and commemorative practice, this conference seeks to gain a better understanding of art commissioned for churches by those appointed to participate in and lead them.
We welcome proposals, exploring material across the stated time span, throughout Europe. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • A re-assessment of the recent historiography and scholarship concerning patronage in an ecclesiastical environment, especially when this contrasts with contemporary lay patronage.
  • The relationship between patron and artist or patron and religious institution. 
  • Depiction of ecclesiastical donor and votive figures.
  • The implications of patronal choices of saints and iconography for the intended audience.
  • The role of inscriptions, signatures and heraldry in commemoration.
  • Reference to political stance and success in religious art.
  • Conceptions of heaven and the afterlife as expressed in art.
  • Ecclesiastical institutions prescribing limits to patrons and patronage.
  • Positioning of chapels and memorials in churches.
  • Rituals and liturgy of commemoration.
  • The impact of the Reformation and Counter Reformation on ecclesiastical patronage.

The Renaissance Symposium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels from universities in the UK and abroad to present their research. Unfortunately, we cannot offer travel subsidies. Applicants from outside London are, therefore, encouraged to apply to other funding bodies for travel bursaries to attend the conference.

Abstracts for 15-20 minute papers, not exceeding 250 words, should be sent with a brief academic CV (100 words) to Lydia Hansell (lydia.hansell@courtauld.ac.uk) and Joost Joustra (joost.joustra@courtauld.ac.uk) no later than 2nd February 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by the 12th February 2015.

Organised by Lydia Hansell and Joost Joustra (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Twelfth-century Belgian church consumed by serious fire

© André Joose via Twitter.

© André Joose via Twitter.

A fire in the church of Sint-Jan de Doper in Anzegem, Belgian has caused serious damage to the building, some of which is around 800 years old. The cause of the blaze, which broke out on the 16th October was apparently a faulty heating system.

The fire started in the nave (this video captures the collapse of its roof) but unfortunately fire crews could not stop it spreading to the east end of the church (collapse of the spire).

Although many reports have been that the church has been “completely destroyed”, it is clear that this is not the case. The town council are looking for options for its restoration as a centre with more diverse community functions.

Indeed, you can see from the videos that the blaze has completely burnt off the roofs of the building, but the outer aisle walls and arcades are still standing. The biggest concern will be consoldating the most significant part of the building, the twelfth-century Romanesque crossing tower.

Helicopter footage which shows the moment the spire collapses (no audio)

Footage from after the blaze which shows the extent of the damage

Main source: http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1502/Belgique/article/detail/2093150/2014/10/17/L-incendie-de-l-eglise-d-Anzegem-cause-par-une-installation-de-chauffage.dhtml

Courtauld Tomb Raiders visit to the Temple church, 30th October

London TempleThe Courtauld’s medieval research group with a special interest in funerary monuments, Tomb Raiders, invite all to a visit to the Temple Church just off the Strand on the morning of the 30th October. The student rate will be £2. The church is open 11-1, so once everyone has arrived we shall gather about 11:15 in the Round nave to tour the church together.

The day will be most generously lead by Catherine Hundley, Kress Fellow at the Warburg, who is writing her dissertation on twelfth-century Round Churches.

The church, built for the order of the Knights Templar and now hidden away in the Inner Temple betwen the Strand and the Thames, was built in two stages, the mid-twelfth century and early thirteenth, resulting in two very important examples of English Gothic architecture. It is also famous for its array of knightly monuments. Since the supression of the Templar order in the fourteenth century, the church has gone through much change and restoration, not least the terrible incendiary bombs of 1941, all which add to its remarkable history. The morning will be geared towards open discussion, but I would be happy if anyone would like to volunteer to give introductions to the choir, the effigies or the nineteenth-century embellishment and post-war reconstruction.

Booking is not essential but please do email me at james.cameron@courtauld.ac.uk if you intend to come or would like to give an introduction to any feature. Also numbers are not limited so please feel free to invite anyone who you think may be interested.

Afterwards we shall return to the Courtauld for lunch in the cafe. At 3pm is the Student Work in Progress round-table seminar in the Research Forum. For more information on the latter, please contact Anna.Koopstra@courtauld.ac.uk.

Monumental Brass Society: Lingfield study day

Lingfield brassThe Monumental Brass Society are holding a study day at Lingfield Church in Surrey on the 28th September 2013. The speakers will be Nigel Saul and Clive Burgess.

The cost is £25.00 for members and £40.00 for non-members. A special concessionary
rate of £15.00 is available for full-time registered students. Lunch is not included.

More information, including an itinerary and how to reserve a place, is available in this flyer.