Seminar: ‘Gilded Suns and Peacock Angels: Theatrical Materiality and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence’ by Laura Stefanescu, Murray Seminar Birkbeck, 13th December 2022, 17:00 GMT

This talk aims to explore the connections between painting and the theatrical experience of heaven which shaped the visual culture of fifteenth-century Florence.

Seminar: ‘The Cleveland Fountain (Paris, 1320 ca.) and Multisensory Art History’, by Philippe Cordez and Gerhard Lutz, University of Padua, 30 November 2022, 17:00 CET

The hydraulic and musical fountain in the Cleveland Museum of Art offers a perfect opportunity for theoretical reflection and practical experimentation in multisensory art history.

Lecture: ‘A Beautiful Lie: Medieval Art Forgeries in Catalonia’, Alberto Velasco, Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, 6 December 2022 17:00 GMT

The reasons for the production and commercialization of medieval fakes in Catalonia during the first half of the twentieth century are unique and specific, and they are explained by cultural, political and social conditions that, nevertheless, find points of contact in other parts of Europe.

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Seminar Series: The Medieval Black Sea Project, Princeton University, 17 November 2022 – 9 March 2023

This seminar series showcases new research on contact, conflict and exchange in the region of the medieval Black Sea. Our invited speakers will share their expertise on the various aspects of the region’s past, building on analyses of textual, art historical and archaeological material. A wide range of historical sources will be considered, allowing us to explore the agency not only of elite, but also of non-elite individuals and groups. 

Lecture: ‘Orality – Literacy – Digitality: Medieval Perspectives on the Digital Age’, IHR Europe 1150-1550 Seminar, 5th May 2022, 17:30 GMT

The Institute of Historical Research is delighted to invite you for the final seminar of this academic year.

Lecture: ‘Image, Pattern, Repetition: The Craft of Romanesque Sculpture in Southwest England’, by Dr Alex Woodcock, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 21st April 2022, 18:00 GMT

Dr Alex Woodcock is a writer, tutor and former cathedral stonemason.

Online Lecture: ‘Lacunae of Art History and Kyiv’s Visual Culture’, by Olenka Z. Pevny, 22nd April 2022, 17:00 GMT

Dr. Olenka Z. Pevny is Associate Professor of Slavic and Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Seminar: ‘Configuring the Monastic Space: Early Medieval Experiments’, University of Milan and Online, 21st April – 3rd May 2022

The workshop will explore this architectural experimentation, seeking to identify, and to contextualize, similarities, differences, and trends.

Lecture: ‘The Black Death and the Justinianic Plague – Useful Frameworks for Historical Comparison? Insights from Big Data Paleoecology’, with Dr. Adam Izdebski and Dr. Kevin Bloomfield, 29th March 2022, 12:00 EST

The lecture will take place on Zoom on 29th March at 12:00 EST.