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Conference: Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture, 600-1500

Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture, 600-1500
London, The British Museum, 30 October – 1 November 2014 
A collaborative event organised by the Paul Mellon Centre and The British Museum

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© Trustees of the British Museum

This conference will explore the ways in which artists and patrons in Britain devised and introduced new or distinctive imagery, styles and techniques, as well as novel approaches to bringing different media together. It is concerned with the mechanisms of innovation, with inventive and imaginative processes, and with the relations between conventions and individual expression. The conversation will therefore also address the very notions of sameness and difference in medieval art and architecture, and how these may be evaluated and explained historically. 

Topics for discussion can include authorship, creativity, experimentation, envisaging, representation, and regulation by guilds or patrons, as well as casestudies of particular objects, buildings, commissions or practices.

The conference will take place on 30th October – 1st November at The British Museum; it will include collaborations with the museum’s Department of Prehistory & Europe and opportunities to see works from the collection.

List of participants and speakers’ titles & abstracts (A-Z)

Jessica Barker (PhD Candidate : Courtauld Institute of Art)
Effigies of Husband and Wife at Bredon and Lowthorpe: Investigating Unique Iconography on Fourteenth-Century Funerary Sculpture

Paul Binski, Keynote Speaker (Professor of the History of Medieval Art History : University of Cambridge)
Medieval Invention and its Potencies

Kerry Paul Boeye (Assistant Professor of Art History : Loyola University Maryland)
Iconographic Invention in Thirteenth- and early Fourteenth-Century English Psalters

Alexandrina Buchanan (Lecturer in Archive Studies : University of Liverpool)
Gained in Translation: Architectural Drawing and Three-Dimensional Geometry

Andrew Budge (PhD Candidate, Birkbeck College : University of London)
The Fourteenth rebuilding of the Collegiate Church of St Mary Warwick: Risk-taking Innovation or Simple Fashion Statement?

James Alexander Cameron (PhD Candidate : Courtauld Institute of Art)
The Englishness of English Sedilla

Kristen Collins (Associate Curator, Department of Manuscripts : Getty Museum)
Resonance and Reuse: The Reinvention of a Late-Romanesque Vita Christi in Fifteenth-Century East Anglia

Lloyd De Beer (Project Curator, Late Medieval Collections : The British Museum)
The Key of David and the Temple of Justice: An Analysis of the Chichester Seal Matrix

Veronica Decker (Art History Department : University of Vienna)
The Patronage of William of Wykeham: Imagination and Experimentation in Fourteenth-Century Art and Architecture

Emily Guerry (Junior Research Fellow in History of Art, Merton College : University of Oxford)
Picturing the Saints: Relics, Patronage and the “Westminster Court Style” in Gothic Cult Painting

Jack Hartnell (Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin/ Victoria and Albert Museum)
The Wound Man and the English Medical Imagination

James Hillson (PhD Candidate : University of York)
Iterative Invention: Delayed Design in Dynastic Gothic at St Stephen’s Chapel Westminster and Norwich Cathedral Cloister

Aden Kumler, Keynote Speaker (Associate Professor of Art History and the College : University of Chicago)
Envisioning Art as Process in Medieval Britain

Helen Lunnon (Tutor in Art History : University of East Anglia)
Inventio Porticus

Julian Luxford (Reader in Art History : University of St Andrews)
Inscribed Churches in Late Medieval England

John Munns (Lecturer in the History of Medieval Art : University of Cambridge)
Seeing Things: from Art to Apparition in the High Middle Ages

Laura Slater (Post Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Department of Art History : University of York)
Inventing and Imagining Place: Jerusalems in England and the Case of Westminster

Roger Stalley (Professor Emeritus of the History of Art : Trinity College)
Reason and Imagination in English Gothic Architecture

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Gothic Ivories News: Conference and Publication

Conference Reminder
Gothic Ivories: Content and Context
Saturday 5 July 2014, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Sunday 6 July 2014, The British Museum, London

courtauld_ivoryJointly organised by The British Museum and The Courtauld Gothic Ivories Project, this event follows on from the successful 2012 conference Gothic Ivories: Old Questions New Directions (V&A – Courtauld). Celebrating new research on Gothic ivory carving, papers will focus on a wide range of topics arising from the study of Gothic ivory carving and Embriachi pieces, related to the themes of content and context.

Themed sessions will be dedicated to questions of iconography, sources and original use and context, research into provenance, relationships with other media, ivory carving in the 16th century, history of collecting in the 19th and 20th century.

For the full programme, see here.
Online booking now available here.

Special Issue The Sculpture Journal
New Work on Old Bones
(with papers from the 2012 Gothic ivories conference)
For the table of contents, see here.

For further news from the world of Gothic ivories, see the news-section on the website of the Gothic Ivories project.


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Conference: Colour (London, 26 June 2014)

Conference: Colour
Warburg Institute, London, 26  June 2014
Registration deadline: 22 June 2014

This colloquium is being organised by the Warburg Institute and the National Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition on “Making Colour” at the National Gallery and will include an early morning viewing of the exhibition from 9.00 to 10.00 a.m.

The conference is organised by Caroline Campbell (National Gallery) and Peter Mack (Warburg Institute).


Viewing of Colour Exhibition at the National Gallery

Leave National Gallery

Registration and coffee at the Warburg Institute (Common Room)

Introduction and Welcome

Chair: Peter Mack (Warburg Institute)

Paul Smith (Warwick)
Coloured Shadows: constancy, contrast, and conceptual confusion

Hannah Smithson (Pembroke College, Oxford)
All the colours of the rainbow: A bridge between medieval and modern colour science

Lunch (Common Room)

Chair: Caroline Campbell (National Gallery)

Jim Harris (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)
Colour and Sculpture: Painting in Three dimensions

David Brafmann (Getty Centre)
Tincture and Tenebrism: Alchemical Rainbows in the Neapolitan Baroque

Tea (Classroom 2)

Chair: Paul Hills (Courtauld Institute)

Ulrike Kern (Frankfurt)
Cartesian Optics in Dutch Art: A Problem of Light and Pigment

Ashok Roy (National Gallery)
Colour Change in Old Master Paintings: Where does light come in?

Concluding Discussion and Reception (Common Room)

Conference Ends

Fees and Registration
The fees for this conference are £30.00 standard price (and £15.50 concessionary rate for full-time students/retired) which includes entrance to the National Gallery, lunch and refreshments. We provide a range of meat/fish and vegetarian rolls/sandwiches for lunch. If you have other dietary requirements please email warburg(at) at least ten days before the conference so that we can try to cater for your needs.

Registering and paying for a conference/course. Please note that in order to attend the conference and guided tour you must register and pay online in advance. Registration for this conference closes at 12.00 pm on 22 June. Instructions about entrance to the National Gallery will be emailed to you by 24 June.


For further information, see here.