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TODAY: Leeds IMC, Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, Session 703

The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland will be running its first conference session this year at the Leeds International Medieval Congress.

Session 703 – Tuesday 4 July 2017 – 14.15 to 15.45

The following papers will be delivered:

Ron Baxter (Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain & Ireland, London) – The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture and the Medieval Workshop (paper 703-a);

James King (The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain & Ireland, London) – The Romanesque Sculpture of Dunfermline Abbey and Its Influence: Evidence and Some Questions (paper 703-b);

Agata Gomółka (Department of Art History & World Art Studies, University of East Anglia) – Carving Romanesque Bodies (paper 703-a).

Abtstract

Romanesque art and architecture was transnational in a European context.
The architectural sculpture produced in the British Isles and Ireland during the late
11th and 12th centuries demonstrates the visceral connection between these off-
shore islands and mainland Europe at that time. In its inaugural session at the IMC,
the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain & Ireland (CRSBI) is seen to reveal
some of the ways in which its searchable and fully illustrated database enables art
historians to build an understanding of Romanesque stone carving by identifying
authorship, tracing the diffusion of carved ornament, recreating workshop practice,
and reimagining aesthetic criteria. Launched in 1987 by Professor George Zarnecki
with British Academy support and now affiliated also to King’s College London, the
CRSBI is an Open Access website comprising illustrated records of the Romanesque
sculpture at some five thousand sites in Britain and Ireland.

CRSBI – Annual lecture – Tuesday 25th April 2017 – 5.30pm

Ouroboros, single and in pairs at Kilpeck, England

Ouroboros, single and in pairs at Kilpeck, England

North and South of the Loire: The Culture of Copying and the Rebirth of Sculpture
by Professor Deborah Kahn
Tuesday 25th April 2017 at 5.30pm at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
 
Abstract
 
From his thesis of 1950 on “Regional Schools of English Sculpture” to his later writings, Professor George Zarnecki, deputy director of the Courtauld Institute of Art from 1961 – 74, showed himself to be a master of visual comparison.  In one of his last articles (written in 1992), he surveyed the iconographic kinship between the earliest Romanesque sculptures at Saint-Benoit-sur-Loîre, Bayeux and Toulouse.  These far-flung similarities revealed a culture of copying that led to what may be regarded as a rebirth of architectural sculpture in these regions.  The article still serves as the basis for further exploration of the visual relationships between the earliest monumental architectural sculpture and the role of copybooks and loose sketches in the transmission of motifs and iconography.   George speculated that the likely source of all these relationships was the monastery and library at Saint-Benoit-sur-Loîre — as indeed has turned out to be the case.   Moreover, the emergent taste for monumental architectural sculpture on the great new ashlar buildings of the first half of the 11th century appears to reflect not only the preoccupations of the abbot of Saint-Benoit, Gauzlin (1004-1030), but also those of his half brother Robert II (972-1031), whose foundations at Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Saint-Aignan at Orléans were richly carved in the 1020s as well.   The rebirth of monumental architectural sculpture in the early eleventh century thus turns out to have been given impetus by the ascendant Capetian dynasty.  These connections amplify the links set forth by George and confirm not only his extraordinary ability to trace previously unnoticed formal lineages but also his role in laying the ground for future studies in the field of Romanesque art.
Invitation is attached.  Seating is unreserved and booking is not necessary but please RSVP to this e-mail address: crsbiconnect@gmail.com

The European Center of the Romanesque (Europäisches Romanik Zentrum, ERZ) Award

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The European Center of the Romanesque (Europäisches Romanik Zentrum, ERZ) Award
Deadline: April 10th, 2016

The European Center of the Romanesque (Europäisches Romanik Zentrum,
ERZ) awards outstanding international research works on the field of
Romanesque art and architecture. The award is donated by the Stiftung
Saalesparkasse (Halle) and Mr Gerhard Mauch (Ludwigshafen).

The award aims to promote, honor and encourage graduated junior
researchers contributing to the study of Romanesque art, history,
archaeology, Church history as well as history of the law.
Only unpublished research will be considered (PhD thesis). The
award is supposed to promote graduates. It is valued at 2000 Euro. The
ERZ’s international board of advisors will co-judge the selection of
the awardee. Accepting the award, the winner is encouraged to give a
public lecture at the ERZ.

Submission: Until April 10th 2016, the application (CV, certificates, references,
list of publications), one piece of his/her digitized research works
(PDF) including an abstract and the academic evaluation is to be sent
at:
Direktor des Instituts Europäisches Romanik Zentrum
Domplatz 7
06217 Merseburg
Germany

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

19 NOV. 2015 (CATED RAL METROPOLITANA I PRIMADA DE TARRAGONA)

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).

BAA Romanesque conference 2016: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage (Oxford, 4-6 April 2016)

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UPDATE: BOOKING NOW AVAILABLE.

The British Archaeological Association will hold its fourth biennial International Romanesque conference in Oxford on 4-6 April, 2016. The theme is Romanesque: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage, and the aim is to examine the material culture of sanctity over the period c.950-c.1200. The Conference will be held at Rewley House in Oxford from 4-6 April, 2016, with the opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque buildings on 7-8 April.

We wish to encourage contributions on a number of broad themes, which we have provisionally grouped under three headings.

The Geographies of Sanctity. This covers architecture and archaeology, but in addition to the development of spaces for reliquary display and studies of individual sites, we would be interested in papers concerned with the provision of accommodation for pilgrims, saints as protectors of cities, and the phenomenon of substitute holy places and vicarious pilgrimage.

Cults and Reliquaries. How were cults promoted through reliquaries, and how might reliquaries be designed to draw attention to the particular attributes, virtues or miracle-working character of individual saints? We would be interested in papers on sites where objects help to define a cult, and papers that discuss how the promotion of a cult through manuscripts, monumental painting or sculpture may have changed during the period.

New Saints and New Orders. We would welcome papers on the new saints of the 11th and 12th centuries, and papers that touch on the attitudes of the new monastic orders towards saints and pilgrimage, as well as the infrastructure that these provide (particularly the Templars and Hospitallers), the sanctification of their founders, and the revival of earlier cults.

Proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes in length should be sent to the conference convenors, John McNeill and Richard Plant, at jsmcneill@btinternet.com, by 15 May

Twelfth-century Belgian church consumed by serious fire

© André Joose via Twitter.

© André Joose via Twitter.

A fire in the church of Sint-Jan de Doper in Anzegem, Belgian has caused serious damage to the building, some of which is around 800 years old. The cause of the blaze, which broke out on the 16th October was apparently a faulty heating system.

The fire started in the nave (this video captures the collapse of its roof) but unfortunately fire crews could not stop it spreading to the east end of the church (collapse of the spire).

Although many reports have been that the church has been “completely destroyed”, it is clear that this is not the case. The town council are looking for options for its restoration as a centre with more diverse community functions.

Indeed, you can see from the videos that the blaze has completely burnt off the roofs of the building, but the outer aisle walls and arcades are still standing. The biggest concern will be consoldating the most significant part of the building, the twelfth-century Romanesque crossing tower.


Helicopter footage which shows the moment the spire collapses (no audio)


Footage from after the blaze which shows the extent of the damage

Main source: http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1502/Belgique/article/detail/2093150/2014/10/17/L-incendie-de-l-eglise-d-Anzegem-cause-par-une-installation-de-chauffage.dhtml

Romanesque Virgin found inside walls of Spanish church

romanesque virginA carving of the Virgin Mary, dating to the late twelfth or early thirteeth century, has been found during works on the tower of Utande church, Guadalajara, in central Spain. The work contains much original polychrome, especially in the face. It is most likely it was originally a sedes sapientiae figure, with Christ sitting in her lap.

The statue is currently in a private house in the village, and will probably be sent to the diocesan museum for restoration, where it will ultimately be displayed. The parish priest hopes it may return to the church for feasts, and perhaps that a replica could be made.

It seems possible it was hidden when it became unfashionable, but was kept out of respect for the image. What do fellow medievalists think of this find? Have any similar Romanesque Spanish Madonnas been found in this way? How does she rank among other survivors? Let us know: comment below or email medievalartresearch@gmail.com!

http://www.europapress.es/castilla-lamancha/noticia-albaniles-descubren-emparedada-talla-romanica-virgen-iglesia-utande-guadalajara-20140507190745.html