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Conference: “Astronomy Across the Medieval World,” St Cross College, University of Oxford, Saturday 18th November 2017

astonomytodeleteConference: “Astronomy Across the Medieval World,” St Cross College, University of Oxford – Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, Saturday 18th November 2017

10.30 am – 5.00 pm

The celestial sky has been a source of fascination since ancient times with astronomy being the oldest of the natural sciences. During the medieval period, astronomy flourished in many cultures across the world, some of which followed on from earlier models created by Ptolemy. The motions of the celestial bodies were investigated, early astronomical observatories were built and some cultures constructed remarkable monuments inspired by astronomical insights. This conference will draw together the different strands of medieval astronomy from across the world and will examine how they interfaced and paved the way for the scientific developments later in the Renaissance.

Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed using the Conference booking form by midday on Friday 10th November 2017.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Giles Gasper (Durham University) – `The Service of Astronomy’ – European Star-Gazing and Its Implications in the Middle Ages

Professor Christopher Cullen (University of Cambridge) – Chinese Astronomy in a World Context

Dr Josep Casulleras (University of Barcelona) – From Ancient to Modern: Astronomy in Medieval Islam

Professor Ivan Šprajc (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) – Mayan and Aztec Astronomy: Skywatching in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

Dr Benno van Dalen (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) – Ptolemaic Astronomy and Its Dissemination in the Islamic World, Europe and Asia

There will be a conference dinner at St Cross in the evening following the end of the conference with an after-dinner talk by Dr Valerie Shrimplin (Gresham College) on the influence of astronomy and the cosmos on medieval art. Although the conference itself is free of charge, the dinner carries a cost of £35 to attend – booking a place for dinner can be done here.

For more information see the website: https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/happ/events/astronomy-across-medieval-world-one-day-conference



Revisiting the Transcultural Paradigm in Art History (Berlin, 19-20 May 17)

Freie Universität Berlin HolzlaubeBerlin, Freie Universität, May 19 – 20, 2017

Revisiting the Transcultural Paradigm in Art and Art History

Over the last six years, the Research Unit “Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art“ has analysed the production of art and its discourses in transcultural contexts brought about by trade, travel, migration, or globalization. The research group served as a framework for projects which share aspects of approach and methodology, but differ in their regional and historical focus.
One of our central concerns was that “transcultural” should not be understood and employed as a descriptive term, as this results in an essentialist view of objects and cultural diversity. We addressed this by focusing on processes of negotiation in situations of contact which include works of art or artefacts as well as agents. As mediators or as the object of negotiations, works of art form part of the negotiation process. The paradigms translation, mobility, and decentering proved particularly fruitful with regard to this process-oriented approach. These models will be discussed with recourse to concrete case studies in the three respective panels of our final conference.

Veranstaltungsort: Freie Universität Berlin, “Holzlaube”, Fabeckstraße 23–25, 14195 Berlin, room 2.2058/2.2059

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Conference: Le don mis en scene (Louvain, 20-21 Apr 17)

Université catholique de Louvain

The Gifts of the three sages

Gifs broght by the three sages

April 20 – 21, 2017
Le don mis en scène. Représentations visuelles et textuelles de l’acte
de donation dans les arts de la première modernité
Colloque organisée par le GEMCA (Université catholique de Louvain)

Cette rencontre ambitionne d’étudier l’acte de donation au cours de la
première modernité, un acte que l’on envisagera comme forme de
communication et comme acteur du lien social. C’est plus précisément la
mise en scène du don d’œuvres d’art et d’objets que l’on souhaite
interroger. Car pour pouvoir participer pleinement de l’affirmation
d’un statut ou d’un pouvoir, cet acte suppose un espace de visibilité
et de représentation, assurant sa publicité au sein d’une communauté.
Deux axes de réflexion complémentaires seront privilégiés : celui des
mécanismes visuels, rhétoriques et littéraires qui participent de la
mise en scène du don ; et celui de ses effets au sein des dynamiques
relationnelles qu’il institue.
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Conference: Obra congrua: Girona Cathedral, 1416-2016, University of Girona, October 19-21, 2016

800px-361_catedral_de_girona2c_rosasses_de_la_nau_vora_l27absisConference: Obra congrua: Girona Cathedral, 1416-2016, University of Girona, October 19-21, 2016


Wednesday 19 October 2016
09:00h  Opening of the symposium. Institutional introductions.
09:30h  Opening lecture: La nave de la Catedral de Girona y la cultura del gótico meridional. Pere Freixas.
10:30h  Presentation of the Thematic Network: DOCOGOTHIC Network for documentation of late Gothic architecture Hispanic. Ana López Mozo, Francisco Pinto y Patricia Ferreira.
11:00h  Coffee break.
SESSION I. Consultations and expertises to the Gothic architectural Europe
11:30h  “Deposar de la continuació de dita obra”.  Una relectura de la consulta de Girona (1416). Joan Domenge y Marc Sureda.
12:15h  Les expertises d’architectes dans les cathédrales françaises vers 1500. Florian Meunier.
13:00h  Communications.
13:40h  Debate.
14:00h  Lunch.
15:30h  Parieri e perizie per il Duomo di Milano nel XV secolo. Marco Nobile y Isabella Balestrieri.
16:15h  Communications.
17:00h  Coffee break.
17:30h  Communications.
18:30h  Debate.
18:45h  End of session.
19:15h  Reception at Ajuntament de Girona.
Thursday 20 October  2016
SESSION II. The professional profile master builder.
09:00h  Mestres d’obra catalans convocats a la consulta de 1416. Marià Carbonell.
09:45h  Pere Sacoma, el gran maestro de obras en la Girona del siglo XIV. Miquel Àngel Chamorro.
10:30h  Coffee break.
11:00h  Communications.
11:45h  Inter se disputando. Debate y proyecto arquitectónico en la Edad Media. Javier Ibañez y Arturo Zaragozá.
12:30h  Communications.
13:30h  Debate.
14:00h  Lunch.
SESSION III. Trace and Gothic architecture project.
15:30h  Soporte, escala y proyección en la traza gótica. José Calvo.
16:15h  “Fer e pintar un patró de l’obra”. Algunas consideraciones sobre las trazas en la arquitectura gótica catalana.  Antonio Conejo.
17:00h  Coffee break.
17:30h  Communications.
18:15h  Catedrales dibujadas: reflexiones en torno al dibujo arquitectónico gótico en Castilla. Begoña Alonso.
19:15h  Debate.
19:45h  End of session.
Friday 21 October 2016
SESSION IV. Techniques and Gothic construction processes.
09:00h  Contenido técnico del debate de las actas. Santiago Huerta.
09:45h  La piedra de Girona. Màrius Vendrell i Pere Roca.
10:30h  Coffee break.
11:00h  Construcción de bóvedas. José Carlos Palacios.
11:45h  Communications.
12:30h  Las escaleras de caracol tardogóticas en el ámbito mediterráneo: diseño y construcción. Alberto Sanjurjo.
13:30h  Debate.
14:00h  Lunch.
15:30h  Visit to the Cathedral of Girona. Joan Molina.
17:00h  Closing.

Late Romanesque Sculpture in European Cathedrals: Stages, Narratives and Materiality (18-20 Nov 2015, Tarragona)

Girona 3The TEMPLA research group has convened a conference to discuss the usefulness of traditional stylistic terminology, and consider the questions posed by the categorisation of medieval European artistic production, specifically as this affects our understanding of work from the second half of the 12th century. Nowadays it is still difficult to grasp with any subtlety how late Romanesque sculpture was used across Latin Europe, and how it interacted with other media and other styles. Our purpose is to analyse the role of sculpture as both programme and scenery – foreground and background – specifically with regard to the solutions adopted in cathedrals.

Cambra de Comer• (Av. Pau Casals, 17, 43003 Tarragona)

Price (attendance to the sessions and cafe-break): standard €50
students and unemployed €30
(conference proceedings included)

For more information on joining email dir.irh@udg.edu, stating the name of the conference.

Wednesday: 18 November

09h00-09h05. Reception and opening

09h05-09h45 Opening lecture: Xavier Barral i Altet (Universtà Ca Foscari – Venezia)

Què és l’anomenada escultura romànica tardana?

Session I: Late Romanesque sculpture in the cathedrals of Europe I

Chair: Emma Liaño Martínez (Universitat Rovira I Virgili)

09h45-10h30. Marcello Angheben (CESCM – Université dePoitiers)

Programas iconográficos y experiencias plásticas en Avallon y Chartres en las décadas centrales del siglo XII

10h30-11h00. Discussion

11h00-11h30. Cafe-Break

11h30-12h15. Quitterie Cazes (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès):

La escultura monumental en las catedrales y su entorno en el país tolosano alrededor de 1200

12h15-13h00. Free papers

13h00-13h.30. Discussion

13:45-15:45. Lunch

Session II: Late Romanesque sculpture in the cathedrals of Europe II

Chair: Jaime Nuño González (Fundación Santa María La Real para el Patrimonio Histórico – Centro de Estudios del Románico. Aguilar de Campoo)

15h45-16h30. Claudia Rückert (Adolph Goldschmidt Zentrum, Humboldt Universität Berlin)

Alrededor de 1200. La escultura monumental en Alemania. Viejas y nuevas concepciones

16h30-17h15. Elisabetta Scirocco (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Biblioteca Herziana di Roma)

La scultura nello spazio liturgico in Italia meridionale, XI-XIII secc.

17h15-18h00. John McNeill (University of Oxford Continuing Education)

Late Romanesque Sculpture in English Cathedrals: How far can the evidence take us?

18h00-18h30. Discussion

18h30. Visit to Santa Maria del Miracle


Session III. The Cathedral of Tarragona: visit to the church and cloister

09.30-13.30 Emma Liaño (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Antonio Martínez Subías (Arxiepiscopat de Tarragona), Marta Serrano (URV-TEMPLA), Gerardo Boto

13.45-15.45 Lunch


Session IV: Sculptural Programs in the Cathedrals of the Iberian Kingdoms I

Chair: Marc Sureda i Jubany (Museu Episcopal de Vic)

15h45-16h30. Marta Poza Yagüe (Universidad Complutense deMadrid)

La recepción de esquemas borgoñones a finales del siglo XII, ¿canto del cisne de la escultura románica en Castilla?

16h30-17h15. José Carlos Valle Pérez (Museo de Pontevedra).

La escultura tardorrománica en las catedrales de Orense y Lugo

17h15-17h45. Discussion

17h45-18h15. Cafe-Break

18h15-19h00. Francisco Prado-Vilar (Real Colegio Complutense – Harvard University)

‘Aula siderea’: el esplendor de la Catedral de Santiago en los albores del siglo XIII / ‘Aula siderea’: The Splendor of the Cathedral of Santiago at the Dawn of the 13th Century

19h00-19h20. Free papers

19h20-19h45. Discussion

20 NOV. 2015

Session V: Sculptural Programs in the Cathedrals of the Iberian Kingdoms II

Chair: Javier Martínez de Aguirre (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

09h00-09h45. José Luis Hernando Garrido (UNED Zamora- TEMPLA) – Antonio Ledesma (Universidad de Salamanca).

‘De la Eglesia de Sancta María de la Sey de Salamanca’¿Prolongación o final de la escultura tardorrománica en los viejos reinos de León y de Castilla?

09h45-10h30. Free papers

10h30-10h00. Discussion

11h00-11h30. Cafe-Break

11h30-12h15. César García de Castro Valdés (Museo Arqueológico de Asturias-TEMPLA).

La renovación escultórica de la Cámara Santa de la catedral de Oviedo en el contexto del tardorrománico del occidente peninsular

12h15-13h00. Esther Lozano López (UNED Tarragona-TEMPLA)

Imágenes que transforman espacios en las catedrales del Ebro: montaje y puesta en escena

13h00-13h30. Discussion

13h30. End of conference. Summary of contributions and conclusion.

Optional visit: 16h30. La presència romana a la Tarragona medieval (guided visit directed by Joan Menchón).

Conference: Faltbilder/Foldable Pictures (Zürich, 21-22 November 2014)

Faltbilder. Medienspezifika klappbarer Bildträger.
Foldable Pictures. Implications of Mediality.
University of Zürich, 21-22 November 2014

David Ganz (Universität Zürich)
Marius Rimmele (NCCR Mediality, Universität Zürich)

Book pages, diptychs, and triptychs were popular formats for the presentation of images in the medieval and early modern periods. In addition to their ubiquity, these objects also share one essential material feature: the supports that carry the images are movable. The most obvious consequence of the mobile presentation is the consecutive progression of different views.
Only in recent years did scholars begin to consider the processes of transformation that the opening and closing of pictured surfaces generate, for example the strategies of layering or folding images and the production of tacit knowledge caused by such formats. Using foldable pictures leads to a metaphorical coding of entire object classes, but also to a semantization of specific object areas (the dichotomy of inside and outside as, for example, “secular” versus “sacred”, or “accessible” versus “secret”). Furthermore, also structural features such as borders or thresholds, hinges, and cleavages play a decisive role in these processes. Thanks to the viewer’s memory, images “hidden” beneath other images begin to “gleam through” and become virtually present nonetheless. Movability also creates multiple lines of vision or additional moments of contact between represented persons.

It appears that artists have paid much more attention to these issues as has been hitherto recognized. It may also be noted that this is not a phenomenon restricted to artistic problems. In religious images, such effects were harnessed to draw attention to other functions, such as
didactic or mnemonic purposes.

This conference will explore the range of recently observed phenomena, and discuss their implications for the concept of the image in medieval and early modern period.


Friday, 21 November 2014

10.00-10.30 Einführung (David Ganz/Marius Rimmele, Zürich)

(Moderation: Mateusz Kapustka, Zürich)

10.30-11.15 The Thresholds of the Winged Altarpiece: Altarpiece-Exteriors as Liminal Spaces (Lynn F. Jacobs, Fayetteville)

11.15-11.45 Coffee

11.45-12.30 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Approaches to Diagrams and Double-Page Spreads      (Adam S. Cohen, Toronto)

12.30-14.00  Lunch Break

(Moderation: David Ganz, Zürich)

14.00-14.45 Klappbare Bilder als Form der Ordnungs- und Sinnstiftung im Kostbaren Evangeliar Bischof Bernwards von Hildesheim (Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck, Bonn)

14.45-15.30 Transforming Pages: Parchment and Ornament as Passages in Medieval Manuscripts (Anna Bücheler, Zürich)

15.30-16.00 Coffee

(Moderation: Marius Rimmele, Zürich)

16.00-16.45 Now you see me – Klappbilder als Medienwunder (Roland Krischel, Köln)

16.45-17.30 Dynamik und Semantik des Öffnens (Heike Schlie, Berlin)

Keynote lecture
18.00 Im Grunde die Falte (Bernhard Siegert/Helga Lutz, Weimar)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

(Moderation: Britta Dümpelmann, Berlin)

9.00-9.45 Hybrid Identities Displayed in Motion. Folding Altarpieces by Hans Süss von Kulmbach and the Boner Chapel at the Church of Our Lady in Krakow (Masza Sitek, Krakau)

9.45-10.30 Hinwendung zum Heil – Medienspezifisches Erzählen in Bartlme Dill Riemenschneiders Dreikönigsretabel von 1545 aus dem Dom von Brixen (Hanns-Paul Ties, München)

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-11.45 Wandelbares Mobiliar. Studien zu schließbaren Bildträgern im Spätmittelalter (Pavla Ralcheva, Köln)

11.45-12.30 Beobachtung eines liturgischen Flügelobjekts in statu nascendi: Die Kanontafel (Peter Schmidt, Heidelberg)

12.30-14.00 Lunch Break

(Moderation Roland Krischel, Köln)

14.00-14.45 Plural und Singular des Bildes um 1490. Zu impliziten und expliziten Faltungen bei Carpaccio und Giambellino (Stefan Neuner, Basel)

14.45-15.30  Rubens’ Aktualisierung des Wandelaltars im Barock (Ulrich Heinen, Wuppertal)

15.30-16.00 Discussion

For further information, see: http://www.khist.uzh.ch/chairs/mittelalter/veranstaltungen/faltbilder.html

Conference: In centro et oculis urbis nostrae. La chiesa e il monastero di San Zaccaria (Venice, 27-29 November 2014)

In centro et oculis urbis nostrae. La chiesa e il monastero di San  Zaccaria
Venice, 27 – 29 November 2014

Curated by  Bernard Aikema, Massimo Mancini, Paola Modesti

Venice_San_ZaccariaThe Studium Generale Marcianum is proud to present the symposium dedicated to the Church and Monastery of San Zaccaria in Venice. This is the fourth of a series of conferences related to the project “Chiese di Venezia. Nuove prospettive di ricerca” (The Churches of Venice. New Research Perspectives) aimed at studying some selected Venetian churches. During these conferences, groups of scholars participate to discussions and activities related to the churches and their history, exchanging comparative researches on different fields. The results of each symposium enhance new direction of research and are yearly published in a new series of volumes edited by Marcianum Press. The Benedictine Monastery of San Zaccaria, founded by the Doge of Venice before the church of St. Mark and close to the political and religious centre of the city, was one of the wealthiest Venetian ecclesiastical institutions. The art and architecture of the two fifteenth century paired churches, many aspects of the history of the monastery and the life and artistic patronage of the nuns have been the subject of several researches in the past. The goal of this conference is to integrate and update those contents with new contributions, to address some specific questions which have not been sufficiently investigated yet and to critically analise the events, issues and critical works from a comparative point of view. The focus of this study will be the life of the monastery during the period between the ninth and the sixteenth century: its wide and central urban “territory”; the construction phases of the ancient church; the architecture of the “new” church and monastery; the magnificent wooden choir of the nuns; the rituals, traditions and transformations of the two churches occurred between the fifteenth and seventeenth century and the seventeenth and eighteenth century decoration of the church with some paintings representing  the splendor of the monastery.

The last session of the conference will be held in the church of San Zaccaria and in the former monastery (now headquarter of the Comando Provinciale dei Carabinieri) which will be open to the public for this special occasion.

Thanks to the presence and contribute of a group of respondent-guests, some key issues and problems regarding the art and architecture will be taken up and discussed in situ. The officer of the Sovrintendenza, together with some restorers, will illustrate the conservation interventions carried out recently or still going on. For a wider audience than that of the “insiders” a side event will be organized: the concert of the Reverendissime Gentildonne, during which music and readings will alternate in the church of San Moise.

The church and the monastery of San Zaccaria will be open to the public thanks to the contribution of the students of the degree course in Cultural Heritage of the Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose San Lorenzo Giustiniani, who will do some guided tours for the participants.

For the full conference programme, see: