Lecture Series: Murray Seminars at Birkbeck University, London, Summer Term 2018

1 May, Cristina Guarnieri, University of Padua The Stories of St. Lucy by Jacobello del Fiore, and Venetian folding reliquary altarpieces The Stories of St. Lucy by Jacobello del Fiore are one of the masterpieces of Italian Late Gothic painting, but their function has been little understood. Re-evaluating prevailing theories about the panels’ purpose and display, this paper proposes that theyContinue reading “Lecture Series: Murray Seminars at Birkbeck University, London, Summer Term 2018”

Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck: Spring 2018

All this term’s 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. This term’s papers are as follows : 17 January: Carol Richardson  BritonsContinue reading “Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck: Spring 2018”

Lecture Series: Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck, Spring Term 2017

18th Jan Zsofia Buda ‘The Lady with the book and the closed curtain: iconographical peculiarities in a 15th-century Jewish service book for Passover’ discusses some unusual illustrations in a South German Jewish service book for Passover, finding among other things some surprising similarities with Christian iconography 22 Feb Laura Jacobus ‘”Mea culpa?” Penitence, Enrico ScrovegniContinue reading “Lecture Series: Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck, Spring Term 2017”

Lecture: Saving the soul of Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici: function and design in the Old Sacristy, Paul Davies, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 12 December 2016

Monday 12th December Paul Davies will speak on ‘Saving the soul of Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici: function and design in the Old Sacristy’ Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici (c.1360-1429), founder of the Medici bank, was buried in the sacristy of S. Lorenzo in Florence. This sacristy was certainly a lavish structure, and one designed andContinue reading “Lecture: Saving the soul of Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici: function and design in the Old Sacristy, Paul Davies, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 12 December 2016”

Lecture: Authority, Nature and the Image, Pippa Salonius, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 24 November 2016

Thursday 24th November, 5pm Pippa Salonius will speak on ‘Authority, Nature and the Image’ Medieval culture has been described as a ‘culture of authority’. Kings, princes, and city-states all sought to establish themselves as central figures of authority. The pope, as the earthly representative of divine authority and justice, strived to remain their point ofContinue reading “Lecture: Authority, Nature and the Image, Pippa Salonius, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 24 November 2016”

Seminar: ‘Talking Back to Power? Art and Political Opinion in Early Fourteenth-Century England’ with Dr Laura Slater, Murray Research Seminar at Birkbeck, 29 June 2016, 17.50pm

‘Spin’ and reputation management were an established part of medieval politics. Laura Slater explores the role of art and architecture in challenging political ideas and opinions in early fourteenth-century England, focussing on the activities of Queen Isabella of France during the 1320s. Successful in invading England, deposing her husband Edward II and establishing herself asContinue reading “Seminar: ‘Talking Back to Power? Art and Political Opinion in Early Fourteenth-Century England’ with Dr Laura Slater, Murray Research Seminar at Birkbeck, 29 June 2016, 17.50pm”

Lecture Series: Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Summer 2016

All seminars are held at 5pm in the Keynes Library at Birkbeck’s School of Arts (Room 114, 43, Gordon Sq., London, WC1H OPD). A break at 5.50pm is followed by discussion and refreshments. 22 AprilBernd Nicolai: Modes of Artistic Expression and Representation. The facade of Bern Minster and fifteenth-century church building programmes in imperial citiesContinue reading “Lecture Series: Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Summer 2016”

Seminar Series: Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Spring 2016

 This term promises an interesting and varied programme.  Our speakers are: Zuleika Murat, sharing discoveries about Guariento and the Tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice (Wednesday 20th January) Tom Nickson, looking at the significance of light and its subsequent obscuration in gothic buildings (Wednesday, 10th February) Paula Nuttall, on dance and low-life subjectsContinue reading “Seminar Series: Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Spring 2016”

Lecture: ‘”I have not seen more precious tombs and burials with greater pomp”: Guariento and the Tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice’, Zuleika Murat, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 5.00pm 20 January 2016

Zuleika Murat, ‘I have not seen more precious tombs and burials with greater pomp’: Guariento and the Tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice The splendid tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice once consisted of a hanging canopy and tomb by Andrea daContinue reading “Lecture: ‘”I have not seen more precious tombs and burials with greater pomp”: Guariento and the Tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice’, Zuleika Murat, Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 5.00pm 20 January 2016″

Lecture Series: Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art, Birkbeck, Autumn Term 2015

The Department of History of Art at Birkbeck presents a series of seminars on medieval and renaissance art, supported by the bequest established in memory of Professor Peter Murray, the Department’s founder.