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CFP: The Saint Enshrined: European Tabernacle-altarpieces, c.1150-1400, Valladolid, June 7–8, 2019

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 Tabernacle-shrine from Mule,
Iceland, now in the Nationalmuseet
in Conpenhagen; c.1250.
Photo: Justin Kroesen

Almost every Medieval church had one or more sculptures of saints, many of which were placed on altars, in wall niches or in so-called tabernacle-altarpieces. This last category refers to three-dimensional, canopied structures, embellished with bright colours and equipped with movable wings that housed cult images of the Virgin and Child or saints. This early type of altarpiece became widespread in Europe between c.1150 and 1400. Nowadays, examples are scarce and often fragmented, overpainted and reconstructed. Most of them come from the geographical periphery of Europe and almost all of them are now without their original context, as they hang on museum walls or in churches as isolated relics.

The purpose of this international symposium is to explore and discuss early tabernacle-altarpieces in different regions of Europe: their provenance, patronage, function, and role in popular piety. We invite speakers to submit proposals for 15-minute papers to be presented during the symposium. Proposals should go beyond case studies and look at such topics as the use and re-use of tabernacle-altarpieces, media involved in their creation, regional differences, etc.

How to Submit: Proposals of c.300 words should be submitted to Fernando Gutiérrez Baños, fbanos@fyl.uva.es.

Deadline: Friday 18th of January 2019.

All proposals will be examined by the Scientific Committee. It is hoped that an edited volume of the symposium proceedings will be published. Successful candidates will be offered free registration.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Fernando Gutiérrez Baños, Universidad de Valladolid; Justin Kroesen, Universitetsmuseet i Bergen; Elisabeth Andersen, Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: These will include members of the Scientific Committee; Stephan Kemperdick, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie; Teresa Laguna Paúl, Universidad de Sevilla; Cristiana Pasqualetti, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila; and Alberto Velasco Gonzàlez, Museu de Lleida: diocesà i comarcal.

PROGRAM (PROVISIONAL): Friday 7th  of June, session held in the Universidad de Valladolid (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Sala de Juntas); Saturday 8th  of June, field trip to sites in the Diocese of Vitoria.

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Conference: The Body Politics of Mary Magdalen, November 23 – 24, 2017, The Warburg Institute, London

carlo_crivelli_-_maria_magdalena_001Conference: The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB, November 23 – 24, 2017

The Warburg Institute is holding a two-day conference on Mary Magdalen, a figure of great historical importance and cultural resonance. Coming together for this free event, the multidisciplinary speakers will present new research on the representation of her body and its discourses across time and space.
Registration: bit.ly/Mary-Mag

PROGRAMME
Thursday 23 November 2017
5.30pm Welcome and Introduction

Conference keynote:
Penny Jolly (Skidmore College)
“Addressing and Undressing the Female Body in the Magdalene Chapel at San Francesco, Assisi”
Supported by the Coffin Trust, University of London

Reception

Friday 24 November 2017
10am Registration and Coffee
10.30am Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: Chair – Zoe Opacic (Birkbeck)
10.45am
Paper 1: Joan Taylor (KCL)
What did Mary Magdalen look like?
11.30am
Paper 2: Joanne Anderson (WI)
Materialising the Body of the Saint: Pilgrimage Politics and Art

12.15-1.30pm Lunch (for speakers and chairs only)

Session 2: Chair – Rose Marie San Juan (UCL)

1.30pm
Paper 3: Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (Georgetown)
“An ‘athlete of God’ or simply naked?: The Magdalene in the Wilderness from Isenbrandt to Etty”

2.15pm
Paper 4: Francesco Ventrella (Sussex)
Morelli’s Magdalen and the Sexual Politics of Reading

Tea/Coffee – all delegates

Session 3: Chair – Rose Marie San Juan (UCL)

3.30pm
Paper 5: Lucy Bolton (QMUL)
Beautiful repentant whore: Mary Magdalen, Movie Star

4.15pm
Paper 6: Henrietta Simpson (Slade School of Art, UCL)
The Implications of Absence: Mary Magdalen and the Wilderness Landscape

5pm Roundtable chaired by Michelle O’Malley (WI)

6.15-7.30pm
Magdalena. A Portrait in Song of One of Christianity’s Most Beloved Sinners
Joglaresa. Director: Belinda Sykes
Supported by the Coffin Trust, University of London
The Warburg Institute Lecture Room. Refreshments provided

Current Exhibition: Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages

00371101Current Exhibition: Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages

Getty Museum of Art,  September 3, 2013–March 2, 2014

 Throughout the Middle Ages, Christians were fascinated by stories about saints, who led extraordinary lives full of mystical events and miraculous occurrences. Saints were depicted in manuscripts experiencing revelatory visions and performing wondrous feats such as healing the sick or raising the dead. Even when their tormentors were performing exceptionally brutal acts—shooting them repeatedly with arrows, for example, or violently beheading them—martyr saints were pictured remaining steadfast in their faith. This exhibition, drawn from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection, presents manuscripts that allowed medieval viewers to witness these dramatic narratives and venerate the saints as models of piety.

For more information visit http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/saints/