New Publication: Imago urbis: Les sceaux de villes au Moyen Âge, by Ambre Vilain

Ambre Vilain, Imago urbis. Les sceaux de villes au Moyen Âge, Paris, Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques, 2018 (L’Art et l’essai, 18). 360 p. | 16,5 × 22 cm | ill. | br. ISBN : ISBN 978-2-7355-0860-0. Prix : 38 euros. Lorsque, dans la seconde moitié du XIIe siècle, les villes d’Europe septentrionale acquièrent unContinue reading “New Publication: Imago urbis: Les sceaux de villes au Moyen Âge, by Ambre Vilain”

Lecture: ‘The Seal Makes the Man – or Woman: London in the Thirteenth Century ’ 23rd May 2016

London Record Society ‘The Seal Makes the Man – or Woman: London in the Thirteenth Century ’ a talk by Dr John McEwan, Centre for Digital Humanities, Saint Louis University, Missouri Monday 23 May 2016 at 6.30pm at The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great West Smithfield London EC1A 9DS Free lecture   All welcome

British Museum Handling Session: Agnus Dei

In November 2015 Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman of the British Museum treated Courtauld staff and students to another handling session, this time of a diverse range of objects with the iconography of the Agnus Dei. The session was kindly led by Irene Galandra Cooper, who is studying the Agnus Dei as part of herContinue reading “British Museum Handling Session: Agnus Dei”

Workshop Reflections: British Museum Handling Session: Becket and Pilgrimage

In January 2016 Courtauld staff and students enjoyed another chance to see some of the BM’s hidden treasures thanks to the kind help of Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman of the BM. This time the theme was the cult of Thomas Becket and other objects associated with pilgrimage

Conference Review: Seals and Status 800-1700 (British Museum)

From December 4-6, the British Museum was host to Seals and Status 800-1700. Though most topics were centered on the European Middle Ages, the program included speakers on Byzantium who broadened the European context and one each on Southeast Asia and China who provided global breadth. Likewise, the central focus temporally was medieval, but theContinue reading “Conference Review: Seals and Status 800-1700 (British Museum)”

Conference programme: Seals and Status 800-1700 (British Museum, 4-6 Dec 2015)

Programme for Seals and Status 800-1700, a major conference at the British Museum, 4-6 December 2015. Book tickets at the official site. £50 (£25 students and concessions) Friday 4 December 08.30      Coffee and registration 09.30      Introduction Jonathan Williams, British Museum 09.45      Keynote 1 Status: an impression Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, New York University 10.45      Break 11.00      SessionContinue reading “Conference programme: Seals and Status 800-1700 (British Museum, 4-6 Dec 2015)”

Call for Papers: Seals and Status 800 – 1700 (British Museum 4-6 Dec 2015)

Quo asserente se sigillum habere, subridens vir illustris, ‘Moris’, inquit, ‘antiquitus non erat quemlibet militulum sigillum habere, quod regibus et precipuis tantum competit personis…’ He answered that he had a seal. The great man smiled. ‘It was not the custom in the past’, he said, ‘for every petty knight to have a seal. They areContinue reading “Call for Papers: Seals and Status 800 – 1700 (British Museum 4-6 Dec 2015)”

Call for Papers: A Companion to Seals in the Middle Ages (Brill’s Companions to Medieval Sources)

Decoding Medieval Sources (Brill’s Companions to Medieval Sources) A Companion to Seals in the Middle Ages Medieval seals were material and visual statements of identity, power, agency, and legitimacy that could operate locally or traverse great geographic expanses to assert individual or corporate authority. The importance of the seal in medieval culture cannot be underestimated.Continue reading “Call for Papers: A Companion to Seals in the Middle Ages (Brill’s Companions to Medieval Sources)”

Call for Papers: Microarchitecture and Miniaturized Representation of Buildings (Paris 2014)

Call for Papers: Microarchitecture and Miniaturized Representations of Buildings: Different Scales for Different Materials?  Paris, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 8-10 December 2014 Deadline: May 1, 2014 For more than forty years, since the publication of François Bucher’s work, historians and art historians have taken an interest in miniaturized representations of architecture. These microarchitectures, staged in actual buildings andContinue reading “Call for Papers: Microarchitecture and Miniaturized Representation of Buildings (Paris 2014)”