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Murray Seminars at Birkbeck: Spring 2016

CanterburyMurray Seminars at Birkbeck for 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 Nicksonlooking at the significance of light and its subsequent obscuration in gothic buildings (Wednesday, 10th February)
  • Paula Nuttall, on dance and low-life subjects in drawings by Verrocchio (Monday, 7th March)

All of this term’s 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.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Details of individual events can be found at http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar

Current Exhibition: Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister

albans01bCurrent Exhibition: Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister

Getty Museum of Art, (September 20, 2013–February 2, 2014)

This exhibition brings together two masterpieces of medieval English art: stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral and the St. Albans Psalter, a splendidly illuminated Book of Psalms. Uniting the intimate art of book illumination with monumental glass painting, this exhibition explores how specific texts, prayers, and environments shaped medieval viewers’ understanding of pictures in the era of artistic renewal following the Norman Conquest of England. Life-size paintings on glass depict the ancestors of Christ, and richly ornamented illuminations translate biblical texts into luminous pictures.

The panels of glass have been temporarily de-installed and pages from the St. Albans Psalter, unbound—allowing visitors to experience these works at a proximity enjoyed by few in their long and storied histories. The windows would have been visible to monks sitting in the communal space of the cathedral’s choir, and the psalter was meant to be held in one’s hands as an object of personal devotion.

The early 12th-century manuscript’s graceful, powerfully drawn figures and saturated colors mark the arrival of the Romanesque style of painting in England. The windows from Canterbury, made toward the end of the century, represent this style at its apex and are the finest examples of English Romanesque glass that survive.

For additional information see http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/canterbury/

Stained glass museum annual lecture


The director of the York Glaziers’ Trust, Sarah Brown will be giving this year’s annual lecture for the Ely Stained Glass Museum in London. The topic of the paper will be “‘The conservation of a medieval master-piece: John Thorntonʼs stained glass Apocalypse in York Minster“.

The lecture will begin at 6pm at Art Worker’s Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London, WCLN 1AT (Tube Russell Square)

Tickets are £6.50 advance and £8 on the door. Phone 01353 660347 or email info@stainedglassmuseum.com to book.