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New Publication: Kirstin Kennedy, Alfonso X of Castile-León: Royal Patronage, Self-Promotion and Manuscripts in Thirteenth-century Spain (Amsterdam University Press, 2019)

9789462988972_promAlfonso X ‘the Learned’ of Castile (1252–1284) was praised in his lifetime as a king who devoted himself to discovering all worldly and divine knowledge. He commissioned chronicles and law codes and composed poems to the Virgin Mary, he gathered together Jewish scholars to translate works of Arab astrology and astronomy, and he founded a university of Latin and Arabic studies at Seville. Moreover, according to his nephew Juan Manuel, Alfonso was careful to ensure that ‘he had leisure to look into things he wanted for himself’. The level of his personal involvement in this literary activity marks him out as an exceptional patron in any period. However, Alfonso’s relationship with the arts also had much in common with that of other thirteenth-century European royal patrons, among them his first cousin, Louis IX of France. Like his contemporaries, he relentlessly used literary works as a vehicle to promote his royal status and advance his claim to the imperial crown. His motivation for the foundation of the university at Seville was arguably political rather than educational, and instead of promoting institutional learning during his reign, Alfonso preferred to direct the messages about his kingship in the lavish manuscripts he patronized to a restricted, courtly audience. Yet such was the interest of the works he commissioned, that those who could obtain copies did so, even if these were still incomplete drafts. Three codices traditionally held to have been copied for Alfonso in fact show how this learning reserved for the few began to filter out beyond the Learned King’s immediate circle.

Kirstin Kennedy is a curator of metalwork (specializing in silver) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She previously held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at King’s College London, in the Department of Spanish and Spanish American Studies (2000–2003).

Please click here for more information.

Medieval jobs! Curator of medieval manuscripts at the Bodleian Library

R. W. Hunt Curator of Medieval Manuscripts

We are seeking a Curator of Medieval Western Manuscripts to work in the Weston Library, the home of the Bodleian’s Special Collections. You will carry out a full range of curatorial activities and duties, including creating catalogue descriptions of medieval manuscripts. You will be answering enquiries and supervising the reading rooms, supporting all aspects of teaching and learning with manuscripts, and carrying out research on the collections. You will also be assisting with exhibitions and public engagement activities, participating in acquisitions work, and supporting fundraising initiatives.

You will have an honours degree and a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent academic achievement), experience of cataloguing medieval manuscripts, and a reading knowledge of Latin. An ability to communicate with a broad range of people in presenting the collections is essential, as is a commitment both to the care of the collections and to a high level of service to readers.

This is a permanent, full-time post.

Benefits include 38 days’ leave (including bank holidays and fixed closures), a generous pension scheme, extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the further particulars, and explain how you meet each one. CVs alone will not form part of the selection process.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Thursday 19 September 2019 can be considered.

Further details: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs#vacancy-140881 

Free Online Course: The Book of Kells, Trinity College Dublin

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Trinity College Dublin is offering a new online course started 8 October. This course is intended for any and all interested in the history, crafting, and enduring legacy of one of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts.

The Book of Kells manuscript, housed at Trinity College Dublin is world famous – it attracts almost one million visitors a year. But what can this book tell us about Irish history? And what significance is the manuscript in today’s world?

On this course you will use the Book of Kells as a window through which to explore the landscape, history, faith, theology, and politics of early medieval Ireland. You will also consider how the manuscript was made, its extended biography and how it has affected different areas of the contemporary world.

Please the visit the course’s website for more information.

Conference: IIlluminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message, Philadelphia, PA, November 15–17, 2018

201820symposioum20imageIIlluminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message, Philadelphia, PA, November 15–17, 2018
In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

Manuscript illumination has often been considered in relation to the texts it accompanies, but rarely in terms of its interplay with other artistic media. Historically, however, the technique was closely associated with other forms of artistic expression and served as a crucial point of contact and transfer for visual motifs across space and time. The goal of this year’s symposium is to examine cases of intermedial exchange through the lenses of technique, style, iconography, social context, and cultural geography, while also posing broader questions about the deep connections between the craft of illumination and other arts more widely. Of special interest will be insights gained from the technical examination of works in different media, new comparisons made possible by digital technology, and the discovery of linkages once obscured by strict historiographical divisions

The program will begin Thursday evening at 5:00 pm on November 15, 2018, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a keynote lecture by Professor Susie Nash of the Courtauld Institute of Art. The symposium will continue November 16th-17th at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.
Registration is $35 ($10 for students with valid student ID). Registration is now open: click here.

For more information on the Schoenberg Symposium Series, click here.

Organized by Nicholas Herman (hermanni@upenn.edu), Curator of Manuscripts, with Lynn Ransom, Curator of Programs (lransom@upenn.edu), Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

The symposium organizers wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Williams Fund of the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and of the Wolf Humanities Center’s “Humanities at Large” program.

Program

Opening Reception and Keynote Address

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Susie Nash

Deborah Loeb Brice Professor of Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art

with introductions by Will Noel and Sarah Guérin, University of Pennsylvania

The Curious Case of the Collins Hours
(Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1945-65-4)

Rare Book Department
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 3rd floor
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103 (map).

Reception begins at 5:00 pm; lecture begins at 6:00 pm.

Symposium

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts
University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th floor
3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (map).

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Friday, November 16, 2018

9:00 – 9:30 am Coffee and Registration

9:30 – 10:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Constantia Constantinou, H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania

Nicholas Herman and Lynn Ransom, University of Pennsylvania

10:00 – 11:15 am Session I: Challenging Media Hierarchies

Presider: David Kim, University of Pennsylvania

Laura Weigert, Rutgers University

Arras, B.M. MS 697: Painting, Illustration, and the Intermediality of Fifteenth-Century Visual Culture

Sonja Drimmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst

When an English Manuscript Is an Italian Printed Book

11:15 – 11:30 am Coffee

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Workshop I

Presider: Amey Hutchins, University of Pennsylvania

Frédéric Elsig and Carmen Decu Teodorescu, University of Geneva

Intermedial exchanges and connoisseurship: recent results for 15th- and 16th-century French painting

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm Session II: Narrativity

Presider: Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania

Alexandra Green, The British Museum

Manuscripts and Wall Paintings in 18th-19th Century Burma: Offering, Narration, Text, Presence

Christine Sciacca, The Walters Art Museum

Serial Imagery in Ethiopian Painting

3:15 – 3:45 pm Coffee

3:45 – 5:00 pm Session III: Case Studies, between the Exceptional and the Representative

Presider: Katherine Tycz, University of Pennsylvania

Bryan C. Keene, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Authorship, Anonymity, and Attribution in the Archives and Art Historical Scholarship: Case Studies of Italian Painter-Illuminators, 1300-1500

Roger S. Wieck, The Morgan Library & Museum

French Renaissance Artist Jean Poyer: An Assessment

Saturday, November 17, 2018

9:00 – 9:30 am Coffee

9:30 – 10:45 am Session IV: Community, Technique, Practice

Presider: Sarah Reidell, University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Turner, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Technical markers for cross-media exchange: communities of practice and the painter-illuminator in fifteenth-century Italy

Nandita Punj, Rutgers University

Mathen Artistic Expression and Bikaner: Manuscripts, Social Mobility and Identity

10:45 – 11:15 am Coffee

11:15 – 12:30 pm Workshop II

Presider: Will Noel, University of Pennsylvania

Stella Panayotova and Paola Ricciardi, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Intermedial Exchanges: Integrated Analyses of Illuminated Manuscripts

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:15 pm Session V: Ornament across Media and Time I

Presider: Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College/University of Pennsylvania

Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania

A 6th Century Hijri/ 12th Century CE Qur’an Copy at the Penn Museum: From Original Layout to Its Use Through Time

Benjamin C. Tilghman, Washington College

Ornament, Space, and Christological Intermediality in an Anglo-Saxon Psalter

3:15 – 3:45 pm Coffee

3:45 – 5:00 pm Session VI: Ornament across Media and Time II

Presider: Robert Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania

Shreve Simpson, University of Pennsylvania

Medallions in the Margins: the Free Library’s Lewis Oriental ms 1

Georgi Parpulov, Independent Scholar

From China to Byzantium: The Origins of “Flower-Petal” Ornament

5:00 – 5:30 pm Final Discussion and Comments

5:30 – 7:00 pm Closing Dinner Reception

Exhibition & Catalogue: Four Remarkable Manuscripts from The Middle Ages (Les Enluminures, NYC, Paris)

Screen Shot 2018-09-19 at 9.56.04 AMLes Enluminures will present a special exhibition and catalogue at Les Enluminures New York from October 17 to 23, 2018. It consists of four books that are remarkable survivals of what people read in the Middle Ages – the finest of medieval Bibles (the greatest text of Western civilization), one of the oldest Books of Hours (the most famous medieval manuscripts of all), biography (the unique legend of an Anglo-Saxon princess), and the history of Troy (the oldest chivalric story in European history).

These are all manuscripts unknown on the market for at least eighty years. One of the four was last described in print in 1588; the others were last catalogued for sale in 1909, 1932 and 1938 respectively. All are richly illustrated, with a total of 133 miniatures between them, as well as hundreds of borders and illuminated animals and grotesques. Some of the finest artists of the period were responsible for the miniatures, and at least two of them likely issue directly from the greatest of European courts.

The exhibition will debut at Les Enluminures New York, from October 17 to 23.

Following this, the display will be the highlight of our booth at TEFAF New York Fall (October 27 – 31) and then travel to Paris for exhibition at Fine Art Paris (November 7 – 11)

A lavishly illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition, with Introduction and Catalogue by prize-winning author Christopher de Hamel, and Preface by Founder and President of Les Enluminures Sandra Hindman.

Symposium: Winchester, Early Medieval Power and Faith

Screen Shot 2018-09-19 at 9.35.28 AMA one-day symposium dedicated to exploring the great churches of Winchester at the time of the Anglo-Saxons and Normans.

Saturday 20 October 2018

9.30am – 5.00pm

The King Alfred Conference Chamber, Guildhall, Winchester, SO23 9GH

Join historians, experts, and enthusiasts at this one day symposium exploring the great churches of Winchester at the time of the Anglo-Saxons and Normans. This symposium will cover everything from grand church architecture, manuscript studies, Anglo-Saxon folklore, and early Norman politics and relationships with Winchester.

Register by 1 October and receive the early bird price of only £55.

For more information, please visit https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/winchester-early-medieval-power-faith.

Winchester, Early Medieval Power and Faith is the third public event of Winchester, The Royal City, a project which aims to celebrate and promote the ancient city as a centre of key significance to the development of England and English Culture.

Conference: Manuscripts from Ethiopia and Eritrea (Oxford, 1 Sept 2018)

This free study day will act as an introduction to Ethiopian and Eritrean manuscripts  dating from the 4th to 18th centuries. Context, production, and patronage will be discussed by leading experts from institutions such as The British Library and SOAS. See the detailed schedule and link to register below.

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