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BAA Tower of London Study Day, Saturday November 2nd, 2019

The British Archaeological Association Study Day at the Tower of London will enable us to look closely at some recent research, both historical and archaeological, to learn about curating practices and restoration of wall paintings at the tower, and to explore spaces that are often closed to the public.

Provisional programme:

11:30 Introduction (Sally Dixon-Smith)

12:30 Byward Tower Wall Painting (Group A) with Jane Spooner

12:30 Resent Research on the Historic Residential Accommodation at Tower Green (Group B) with Agnieszka Sadraei

1:00 Byward Tower Wall Painting (Group B) with Jane Spooner

1:00 Resent Research on the Historic Residential Accommodation at Tower Green (Group A) with Agnieszka Sadraei

1:30 Introduction to the Royal Lodgings Jeremy Ashbee
1:45 Independent Lunch Break and time to explore
3:00 Chapel of St John and White Tower with Jeremy Ashbee 3:45 Chapel of St Peter with Jessica Barker (in two groups)


Places for the Study Day are limited to 20, of which up to 10 are reserved for students.

The cost of the day will be £40 for members. The fee includes a ticket for the Tower of London. The event is free for students, for whom travel grants (to a maximum of £50) are also available.

To apply please e-mail – by September 20th, 2019.

Please state in the email whether you are a member of the BAA or a student.

All names will be entered into a ballot for the study day and the successful applicants will be notified by September 23rd.

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Conference: Clothing Sacred Scripture (Zurich, 9-11 October 2014)

International Conference:
Clothing Sacred Scripture: Book Art and Book Religions in the Middle Ages
9-11 October 2014 
Universitaet Zuerich, Raemistrasse 71, KOL-G-217

clothingsacredscriptureflyerIn a traditional perspective, book religions are seen as agents of logocentrism, establishing a sharp dichotomy between scripture and aesthetics, religion and art. The conference aims to broaden this perspective by a comparative and transcultural approach to religious
book culture exploring the specific »aesthetics of inlibration« of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle Ages. The conference will reflect upon the different strategies of »clothing« sacred texts with precious materials and ornate forms in pretypographic cultures to create a close relation between the divine words and their human
audience. Conducted by an art historical focus the conference contributes to the nexus between sacred scripture and art by exploring how art shapes the religious practice of books, and how the central importance of religious books shapes the evolution of artistic practices.


Thursday 9 October 2014

10:00-10:30 David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich)
Welcome and Introduction

Chair: Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)

10:30-11:15 Bruno Reudenbach (Universitaet Hamburg)
Liturgical Reading and/or Presence. Observations on Early Medieval 
Gospel Books

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Sarit Shalev-Eyni (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Aural and Performing Aspects of Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts for 
Liturgical and Ritual Use

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Sophie Schweinfurth (Universitaet Zuerich)

14:00-14:45 Vera Beyer (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
When Writers Dream of Mental Sight… Images of Dreams as Mediators 
between Material and Immaterial Aspects of Persian and French 

14:45-15:30 Finnbarr Barry Flood (New York University)
Bodies, Books and Buildings: Economies of Ornament in Juridical Islam

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

Chair: Anna Buecheler (Universitaet Zuerich)

16:00-16:45 Michelle Brown (University of London)
Concealed yet Revealed: Empowering Unseen Text by Iconic External 
Visualisation, from the Freer Gospels to the Lough Kinale Bookshrine

16:45-17:30 Karin Krause (The University of Chicago Divinity School)
Divine Tablets, Heavenly Scrolls. Images and Metaphors of Sacred 
Scripture in Byzantium

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-18:45 Robert S. Nelson (Yale University)
Dressing and Undressing Greek Lectionaries in Florence

18:45 Apéro

Friday 10 October 2014

Chair: Silke Tammen (Universitaet Giessen)

9:00-9:45 Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)
Holy Scripture as Body of Christ. The Book in the Byzantine Liturgy

9:45-10:30 Vladimir Ivanovici (Università della Svizzera Italiana
The Ritual Display of Jewelled Bibles in Late Antiquity: Aesthetic and 
Typological Implications

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11.00-11.45 Carsten Juwig (Universitaet Hamburg)
Clothing the Corruptible with Incorruption. Views of Book and Baptism

11:45-12:30 Lindsey Smith (University of York)
Glorious Bookends: The Performance of Ivory Embellishing Sacred Text 
and the Connection between Consumer, Image and the Word of God

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Vera Beyer (Freie Universitaet Berlin)

14:00-14:45 Silke Tammen/Romina Ebenhoech (Universitaet Giessen)
“Wearing Devotional Books”: Book-shaped Miniature Pendants (15th–16th 

14:45-15:30 Rostislav Tumanov (Universitaet Hamburg)
Devotional Experience in a Jewellery Case: The Peculiar Layouts of two 
Late Medieval Books of Hours

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:45 Thomas Rainer (Bayerische Schloesserverwaltung Muenchen)
Adoring God’s Name: Images of the Torah Case (Tik) and its Erasure in 
Medieval Jewish and Christian Manuscripts (13th–15th Century)

16:45-17:30 Maria Portmann (Universitaet Muenchen)
Jewish Writings and Holy Scripture in Christian Paintings in Spain 
during the Late Medieval Period

Saturday 11 October 2014

Chair: Tobias Frese (Universitaet Heidelberg)

9:00-9:45 David Ganz (The Medieval Institute, The University of Notre
Performativity and Punctuation: Reflections on Carolingian Passion 
Narratives and their Liturgical Role

9:45-10:30 Beatrice Kitzinger (Stanford University)
The Mantle of History: Carolingian-era Gospel Illumination in Narrative 

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Anna Buecheler (Universitaet Zuerich)
Clothing the Saints: Two Textile-Ornamented Lives of Saints from the 
11th century

11:45-12:30 Tina Bawden (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
Clothing the Page: Topological Functions of Colour in Early Medieval 
Illuminated Manuscripts

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich)

14:00-14:45 Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary College, University of London)
A Text without a Book, in the Middle Gilt and Ornate with Gems: The 
Bible in Liturgy and Courts of Law

14:45-15:30 Gia Toussaint (Universitaet Hamburg)
Two are Better than One: An Essay on Relics in Medieval Book Covers

15:30-16:00 Final Discussion

Organizers: Prof. Dr. David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich), Prof. Dr.
Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)

Information: Sophie Schweinfurth (

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Upcoming Events: British Archaeological Association Annual Lecture Series (London, Autumn 2014)

Upcoming events:
British Archaeological Association
Annual Lecture Series
London, Autumn 2014


London meetings are held in the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE unless otherwise stated. Council meetings will precede the meetings on dates marked with an asterisk (*). Tea is served from 4.30pm and the Chair is taken at 5pm. Non-members are welcome to attend occasional lectures, please sign the visitors’ book on arrival. By reciprocal arrangement members of the Royal Archaeological Institute are invited to attend the lectures.

1 October 2014*
Friary biographies, urban fabric and the excavation legacy in England and Wales
Deirdre O’Sullivan, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester

The lecture will be preceded by the Association’s Annual General Meeting. It will be followed by a reception to launch the latest publication in the BAA Conference Transactions series – Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in Cracow and Lesser Poland.

5 November 2014
Please note: Teas will be served and the meeting will take place at the Linnean Society in Burlington House

Reginald Tayolor essay medal lecture
The Function and Iconography of the Minstrels’ Gallery at Exeter Cathedral
Dr Gabriel Byng, Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, Church of England

3 December 2014*
‘Barbarous rude things.’ Paintings in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of London: some new observations
Bernard Nurse FSA, Dr Pamela Tudor-Craig FSA and Dr Jill A Franklin FSA

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(Updated) Conference Programme: Fifty Years after Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture (London, 21 June 2014)

(Updated) Conference Programme:
Fifty Years after Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture.
New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Material

Saturday 21 June 2014, 10.00 – 18.00 (with registration from 09.30)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Tomb Sculpture will remain….among the basic works which determine turning points in the history of our discipline’. (Review in Art Bulletin, 1967).

The Courtauld Institute will be holding a one-day conference in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Erwin Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture: Four Lectures on its Changing Aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini, comprising the lectures delivered originally in the fall of 1956 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. Panofsky’s lectures represented a new attempt to consider funerary monuments as artistic objects, charting developments in their iconography, style, form and function within the broader chronology of art history. Panofsky also emphasised the importance of tombs as evidence for changing (and sometimes contradictory) attitudes towards the deceased.

Examining monuments across Europe, from the Medieval to Early Modern periods, this conference will explore the legacy of Panofsky’s work as well as showcase the developments in research techniques and approaches that have led to new insights into tomb sculpture.

Ticket/Entry Details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students, concessions). Please note that online booking for this event has now closed. However, limited places will be available on the day on a first come, first served basis (cash payment only).

For further information:

Organised by Professor Susie Nash, Ann Adams and Jessica Barker (The Courtauld Institute of Art).


09.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.40 Professor Susie Nash (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Welcome and Introduction: Erwin Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture. Four lectures on its changing aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini (1964).

10.40 – 11.00 Break for refreshments (provided – Seminar Room 1)

SESSION 1: Reassessing Panofsky (Chair: Ann Adams)

11.00 – 11.25 Shirin Fozi (University of Pittsburgh): ‘From the ‘pictorial’ to the ‘statuesque’: Rudolf of Swabia, Widukind of Saxony, and the Problem of Plastic Form

11.25 – 11.50 Geoff Nuttall (Independent Scholar): ‘Delicate to the point of evanescence’: Panofsky, Ilaria del Carretto and Jacopo della Quercia

11.50 – 12.15 Jessica Barker (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Prospective and Retrospective: Joint Memorials in the Middle Ages

12.15 – 12.30 Panel questions

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch (not provided)

SESSION 2: New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Material (Chair: Michaela Zöschg)

13.30 – 13.55 Luca Palozzi (Edinburgh College of Art): ‘To Carve a Living Person out of Stone’: Petrarch, Pandolfo Malatesta, and the Origins of the Renaissance Humanist Tomb in Fourteenth-Century Italy

13.55 – 14.20 Christina Welch (University of Winchester): Cadaver monuments in England

14.20 – 14.45 James Cameron (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Competing for ‘dextro cornu magnum altaris’: Tombs and Liturgical Seating in English Churches

14.45 – 15.00 Panel questions

15.00 – 15.30 Break for refreshments (provided – Seminar Room 1)

SESSION 3: Reconstruction, Materials and Conservation (Chair: Kim Woods)

15.30 – 15.45 Kim Woods (The Open University): Introduction on materials

15.45 – 16.10 Martha Dunkelman (Canisius College): Deconstructing Donatello’s Brancacci Chapel

16.10 – 16.35 Marisa Costa (University of Lisbon): Does technical investigation fully answer art history questions? The case study of a Portuguese copper tomb from the early fifteenth century.

16.35 – 16.50 Panel questions

16.50 – 17.00 Summary: Ann Adams & Jessica Barker

17.00 – 18.00 Dr Phillip Lindley (University of Leicester)
Keynote: Taking leave of Panofsky

18.00 RECEPTION (Front Hall)