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Spring Term 2020: Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck, London

3rd February 2020:
James Hall, ‘Embattled Exclusivity: the Aesthetics and Politics of Michelangelo’s Attack on Flemish Painting’.

In a dialogue composed by Francisco de Holanda, Michelangelo launches a diatribe against painting produced in Europe north of the Alps, attacking what he sees as its crowdedness and materialism; its lack of order and discrimination; its sentimentality and its popularity with the ignorant and especially with women. This talk explores Michelangelo’s disparagement of Flemish painting within its rich cultural and political context. His antipathy draws on a historic association between those who lived north of the Alps with the Goths and Vandals who destroyed ancient Rome. Their modern mercenary descendants were still invading Italy, and their artforms – musical as well as visual – had done so too. However, Michelangelo’s main concern was less with Flemish art, than with the fact that it was so influential on Italian artists, including Michelangelo himself. To make matters worse, he was working in the Sistine Chapel, filled with supreme products of Flemish culture, and things were not going well.
25th February 2020:  
Federico Botana, ‘A gift for Giuliano di Lorenzo de’ Medici? The Aritmetica by Filippo Calandri’ 
The Aritmetica (Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, MS 2669, c. 1485) is one of the most lavish libri d’abbaco (mathematical treatises) that has come down to us from Renaissance Florence. The Aritmetica is illustrated with sixty-five miniatures, many consisting of lively scenes relating to trade, crafts and games. It has been thought that the manuscript was created for Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medici. The evidence that will be presented in this seminar, however, strongly suggests that a member of the Dell’Antella family commissioned the manuscript, and that it was later given to Lorenzo for use by his son Giuliano, the future Duke of Nemours.  In addition to presenting evidence on the original ownership of the manuscript, the paper discusses the contents and readership of libri d’abbaco, and the personality and intellect of Giuliano de’ Medici, which at a young age made him a worthy recipient for such a gift.

 

16th March 2020:  

Sarah Ferrari ‘Provenance matters: acquisitions of Venetian Renaissance art in Northern Europe between the First and the Second World War’.

 

This paper sheds new light on the dynamics of the European art market by investigating a group of paintings that were acquired by the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden, between 1917 and 1954. The group includes works attributed to Titian, Tintoretto, Schiavone and Veronese, some of which were once part of the celebrated collection of Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689). The paper offers an account of both documentary sources and material aspects, in order to identify the network of collectors and dealers involved, while at the same time analyzing the role of national identity as a driving force in the context of these acquisitions.
Information:
Seminars take place at 5pm in the History of Art Department (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in The Keynes Library (Room 114), unless stated otherwise.
Talks finish by 5.50pm to allow those with other commitments to leave, and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.
These talks are supported by the Murray Bequest in memory of the Department’s founder Peter Murray, and are open to all.

Lecture: Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, London (27 June 18)

Gold Against the Body: Gold Surfaces and Their Limits, Medieval to Early Modern

Alison Wright, UCL

5:00pm, 43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD

For the last Murray Seminar of the year, Alison Wright of UCL presents a paper entitled Gold against the Body:  gold surfaces and their limits, medieval to early modern. 

unnamedThe myth, famously invoked in Goldfinger, of the human body suffocated by being coated in gold exemplifies the fascination and danger attached to the idea of an ‘excess’ of gold, especially in respect to human skin. In this lecture the slippery boundaries of when, where and for whom gold surfaces might be deemed excessive will be explored in relation to European art, especially Italian, of the 14th to early 16th centuries. The discussion of gold in representation is generally dominated for this period by Alberti’s overturning of the value of gilding on the painted surface. This talk will argue rather for the multiple economies of gold in art with reference to broader visual and material traditions, and focus especially on gold’s complex relation to the human body.

Seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 114 (The Keynes Library) at 5pm.  Talks finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.

The Murray Seminar series will continue next autumn term.

Lectures: ortraege am IKM (Mainz, Mai – Jul 17)

Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, 02.05. – 12.07.2017

Vorträge am IKM (Mainz, Mai – Jul 17)

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 02.05. – 12.07.2017

Vorträge am Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Veranstaltungen der Abteilung Kunstgeschichte

Dienstag, 2. Mai
Prof. Dr. Roland Kanz (Bonn)
„Semantik der Porträtbüste im 18. Jahrhundert”

Donnerstag, 22. Juni
Prof. Dr. Genevieve Warwick (Edinburgh)
„The Mirror of Art: Painting and Reflection in Early Modern Europe”

Mittwoch, 28. Juni
PD Dr. Monika Melters (München)
„Architektur und nationale Identität: Das ‘Modellbuch’ J.A. du Cerceaus als geschichts- und denkmalpolitisches Manifest“

Mittwoch, 12. Juli
Prof. Dr. Frances Gage (Buffalo)
„Inciting Rumors: Caravaggio and the Troubled Fortunes of the Death of the Virgin”

ChrArchByzKg_Inhalt_2Veranstaltungen der Abteilung Christliche Archäologie und Byzantinische Kunstgeschichte

Mittwoch, 17. Mai
Prof. Platon Petridis (Athen)
„A New Reality in the Greek Archaeological Landscape: Early Byzantine Towns and Their Luxurious Residencies”

Mittwoch, 31. Mai
Prof. Dr. Thomas Dittelbach (Bern)
„Basileus – Rex – Malik. Orient und Okzident in Sizilien“

Die Vorträge finden, sofern nicht anders angegeben, jeweils um 18 Uhr
c.t. im Hörsaal 02.521 im Georg Forster-Gebäude (Jakob-Welder-Weg 12)
statt.

Call for Papers for the 2017/18 Academic Year Lecture Series „Art – Research – Gender“ Lecture Series of the Office of Gender Issues, University of Applied Arts Vienna

University of Applied Arts Vienna.jpgExcessively Big Gestures

In the 2017/18 academic year, the transdisciplinary lecture series will pursue excessiveness. Interesting here is what is deemed inappropriate and simply too much in the form of speech, literary writing, and courses of action in the performative arts (including comedy). Or in the realm of queer-feminist activism, and the consciously fanatical, provocative manifestos that repeatedly accompany these articulations, such as Mina Loy’s Feminist Manifesto (1914), Valerie Solanas’ SCUM Manifesto (1967), Bikini Kill’s Riot Grrrl Manifesto (1991), Beatriz Preciado’s Manifiesto contrasexual (2000), Virginie Despentes’ King Kong Théorie (2006), or the feminist migrant collective MAIZ’s deployment of Oswald de Andrade’s Manifesto An-tropófago (1928).

Excessiveness can be found in overshooting the forms and formats through unexpected du-ration, or with litanies and persistent repetitions. A narrowing in the direction of doing, in the framework of an artistic mode of articulation, can also be excessive. Protest forms can be addressed in this way as well – the emphasis should lie on the linguis-tic, on time-based gestures and on activism. We are on the lookout for big gestures that evoke the excessiveness inherent in normative gender relations, such as the deed of a figure like Jeanne Dielman in Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film by the same name. The excessive act here follows an exaggerated accurateness in the daily actions of a housewife and sex work-er, which is gradually interfused with minimal disturbances and consequently becomes the-matized in diverse, but intertwined levels of in/appropriateness.

In the scope of this lecture series, strategies of pooling attention through risky actions in gender-critical terms should be reflected upon, e.g. how existing social asymmetries can be made visible through reversal or escalation without being populistic. Another matter of interest is how possible trivialization as provocation can be met, and also, to what degree an adoption of heroism can be critically countered.

About the Lecture Series:
The „Art – Research – Gender“ lecture series will be held at the University of Applied Arts Vienna over the 2016/17 academic year and can be taken as a course as well. It is organized by the Office of Gender Issues.

Scientists and artists of all disciplines are invited to present their perspectives on the ques-tions raised above. We particularly welcome submissions by young researchers – from the area of their thesis, for example. Speakers are paid compensation of € 300 and can claim reimbursement of travel costs.

Usually, eight lectures are selected for each academic year, which are held on Wednesdays at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. We expect talks to take up to 60 minutes; a discussion follows.

Concept & Organization: Office of Gender Issues

Please submit your proposal by email on or before April 30, 2017, to gender@uni-ak.ac.at
Please include:
• Working title
• Abstract (300 words)
• Short biography
• Your contact data

Submissions are accepted in German or English.

Lecture Series: Ringvorlesung: Kunst und Technik (Berlin, May-Jul 17)

Palazzo Massimo Istoriato, a fading palace facade in Rome by Polidoro da Caravaggio and Maturino da Firenze, 1523.

Palazzo Massimo Istoriato: a fading palace facade in Rome by Polidoro da Caravaggio and Maturino da Firenze, 1523.

Berlin, Technische Universität, 03.05. – 05.07.2017

Oberflächlichkeiten. Bedeutung, Material, Technologie und Erhaltung
historischer Architekturoberflächen
Vortragsreihe im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung Kunst und Technik

Konzeption und Organisation: Andreas Huth

Die äußere Erscheinung und die Wirkung von Architektur werden nicht nur vom verwendeten Material, sondern auch von dessen Be- und Verarbeitung bestimmt: Die Gestaltung der Oberfläche kann das Material der konstruktiven wie der schmückenden Glieder eines Baus herausstellen und mit Bedeutung aufladen, es vergessen lassen oder verdecken. Die im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung stattfindenden Vorträge führen in zum Teil wenig beachtete historische Techniken, ihre Ausführung, Materialien und Werkzeuge ein und vertiefen anhand konkreter Objekte Fragen der Funktion und Bedeutung der Oberflächengestaltung in der Architektur allgemein. Hierbei finden notwendigerweise auch Aspekte der Konservierung und Restaurierung Berücksichtigung, denn die Architekturoberfläche gehört als Kontaktzone zum Außenraum zu den sensibelsten Bereichen eines Bauwerk.

 

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Christie’s Education Antiquity to Renaissance Evening Lecture Series

‘Heaven and Hell ‘by the Master of Avicenna, c. 1432, now in Pinacoteca Nazionale Bologna

‘Heaven and Hell ‘by the Master of Avicenna, c. 1432, now in Pinacoteca Nazionale Bologna

Christie’s Education is delighted to announce the first of our Antiquity to Renaissance Evening Lecture series. This lecture programme is arranged to support the study and understanding of arts from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It is organised by the Art and Collecting: Antiquity to Renaissance department.

Dr Niamh Bhalla will present “Mapping Otherworldly Spaces in the Late Medieval World.” She was Visiting Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Her research focuses on using contemporary theory to open up fresh insights into how classical, byzantine and medieval images were experienced. Dr Bhalla has also been the project coordinator for the Getty-supported research project, Crossing Frontiers: Christians and Muslims and their art in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus at the Courtauld Institute.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Thursday 23 February 2017 at 6.00 pm

Christie’s Education
153 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 5BD
020 7665 4350 | london@christies.edu
Click here to register for this free event.

Future Antiquity to Renaissance Evening Lectures

Thursday 27 April 2017
Dr Caspar Meyer, Birkbeck, University of London, (Title to be confirmed)

Thursday 25 May 2017
Dr Jessica Barker, University of East Anglia, ‘Voices and Ventriloquism in Medieval Tomb Sculpture’,

BAA Lectures: 2016-2017 Programme

logomaneyBAA Lectures, 2016-2017 Programme : Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, 4.30 p.m. (tea)/5.00 p.m (lecture)

5 OCTOBER 2016* – ‘Miraculous Ground Plans and the Liturgy of Building Sites in Late Medieval Italy’ by Dr Lucy Donkin, University of Bristol (The lecture will be preceded by the Association’s Annual General Meeting.)

2 NOVEMBER 2016 – ‘Architecture and Landscape at Restormel Castle, Cornwall’ by Dr Jeremy Ashbee, English Heritage

7 DECEMBER 2016* – ‘Monuments in Wax: Form and Function in Medieval Charters’ by Dr Jessica Barenbeim, Magdalen College, Oxford

4 JANUARY 2017 – ‘The Great English Medieval Bridges: Designs and Functions.’ by Dr David Harrison, International Bridges Group (The lecture will be followed by the Association’s Twelfth-Night Party)

1 FEBRUARY 2017* – ‘When is a Cathedral not a Cathedral? Typologies of Secular and Monastic in the English Great Church.’ by Jon Cannon, University of Bristol

1 MARCH 2017, ‘The Medieval Glazing of Westminster Abbey: New Discoveries’ by Professor Richard Marks and Laura Atkinson, University of Cambridge and Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass Studio

5 APRIL 2017 – “See God Face to Face; Pray for the King’: The Late Medieval Painted Glass of Winchester Cathedral c1495-c1515’ by Anya Heilpern, University of York

3 MAY 2017* – ‘The Late Medieval Master Mason as Manager; a New Assessment based on a Systematic Analysis of the English Cathedral Fabric Rolls’ by Christopher Paterson, University of Oxford (The lecture will be followed by the President’s Reception)

NB: Council meetings will precede the meetings on dates marked with an asterisk (*).
Non-members are welcome to attend occasional lectures, please sign the visitors’ book on arrival.