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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Coordinators: Ana Cabrera and Lesley Miller
This conference explores collecting practices, attitudes to and perceptions of Spanish decorative arts in Britain and Spain from the 19thcentury onwards, and how these attitudes influenced the development of museums and museum collections in both countries. The case studies aredrawnfrom the British and Spanish museum collections.
The conference is organisedin joint sessions dealing with the same subject from British and then Spanish perspectives. The first day considers the collecting of particular media while the second day focuses on the dissemination, display and conservation of these collections. The conference includes poster sessions during the coffee breaks.
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Friday, 8thJune 2008: Collecting Spanish Decorative Arts
10.00 Registration and collecting of conference packs; displaying of posters
Ana Cabrera, V&A
10:30 Collecting, Display & Dissemination: The Changing Face of the Decorative Arts Collection at South Kensington, 1852-1873
Susanna Avery-Quash, National Gallery, London
Lustreware and Furniture
Chair: Holly Trusted, V&A
11.00 Collecting Spanish Lustreware at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Mariam Rosser-Owen, Asian Department, V&A
11:30 A Survey and History of the Collecting of Spanish Decorative Arts: Lustreware
Jaume Coll, Museo Nacional de Cerámica, Valencia
12.00-12.30. COFFEE BREAK
12:30 Collecting Spanish Furniture, Woodwork and Leatherwork, 1850-1950
Nick Humphrey, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department, V&A
13:00 Collecting Spanish Furniture in Madrid, 1880-1920
Sofía Rodríguez, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid
Textiles and Fashion
Chair: Sonnet Stanfill, V&A
14:30 Following the Thread: Collecting Spanish Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ana Cabrera, Marie S.-Curie Fellow, V&A
15:30 Textile Collecting in Catalonia
Silvia Carbonell, Centre de Documentació i Museu Tèxtil, Terrasa
16:00 Fashion and Spain at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Oriole Cullen, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A
16:30 From Dress to Fashion: The Collection of The Museo del Traje
Helena López del Hierro, Museo del Traje, Madrid
16.30-17.00 TEA BREAK
Sculpture and Plaster Casts
Chair: Edward Payne, Auckland Castle Project
17.00 A Vogue for St Francis
Xavier Bray, Wallace Collection, London
17:30 Spanish Monuments Displayed at South Kensington: Raising the Profile of Spanish Art through Plaster Casts
Holly Trusted, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department, V&A
18:00 Electrical Treasuries: The Decorative Arts Collection from Antiquity at the Museo Nacional de Reproducciones, 1881-1915
María Bolaños, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid
Saturday, 9thJune 2008: Collecting Spanish decorative arts continued
Chair: Antonia Boström, V&A
10:15 The Scholar, the Scoundrel and the Skater: How the V&A Collections of Hispanic Silver were formed
Kirstin Kennedy, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department, V&A
10:45 Collecting Spanish Silver
Jesús Rivas, Universidad de Murcia
Displaying, Interpreting and Conserving Spanish Decorative Arts
Chair: Christopher Wilk, V&A
11.45 Displaying Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain. A Comparative Analysis
Isabel Rodríguez, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid
12.15 Spain in the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries at the V&A
Lesley Miller, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A
12.45 The20th-century Galleries at the V&A
Corinna Gardner and Johanna Agerman Ross, Design, Architecture and Digital Department, V&A
Displaying, Interpreting and conserving Spanish decorative arts
Chair: Joanna Norman, V&A
14.15 The Conservationof the Cast Courts. New Discoveries from Spanish Casts
Victor Borges, Conservation Department, V&A
14:45 Collecting in Action: Building a Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland
Edward Payne, The Auckland Project
15.15 Closing remarks
Joanna Norman, Head of the Victoria and Albert Research Institute (VARI)
Miguel González Suela, Directorate of the State Museum, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Short, informal papers are invited for the next meeting of The Maius Workshop, a community of graduate students and early career researchers working on Iberian and Latin American arts, histories and cultures. For more information about the group, please visit their website.
The meeting will take place in the Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute, London WC2R 0RN on June 11 2018, 6:00–7:30pm
The theme of the meeting is ‘Imagining Spain and Latin America abroad.’ Discussion may consider exchange, trade, and the foreign reception of Spanish and Latin American art and culture.
Informal presentations should last no longer than 15 minutes.
The Maius Workshop endeavours to create a supportive environment to present new ideas and talk through problems and open questions. Collaborative research is central to the group’s ethos, and it aims to encourage dialogue rather than showcase fully-resolved material.
If you are interested in attending or presenting your work, please email email@example.com before May 15, 2018.
Roger Martinez is pleased to announce the launch of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that specifically focuses on medieval Spanish paleography training. The course is called Burgos: Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain and it will be offered on a monthly basis on coursera.org at https://www.coursera.org/learn/burgos-deciphering-secrets-medieval-spain. The next class begins on 9 April 2018. This six-week course is intensive — it requires, on average, 10-12 hours of your time per week.
This is the first of three new MOOCs that offer intensive paleography training. Three additional MOOCs pertaining to the medieval/early modern history of Toledo, Plasencia, and Granada, will be launched over the next 3 to 9 months. These courses are in addition to an introductory course on medieval Spain titled, Coexistence in Medieval Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and another titled, Deciphering Secrets: The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe.
This advanced course focuses on two primary goals: (1) appraising how Jews, Christians, and Muslims shaped the history of medieval Spain and (2) mastering the craft of Spanish paleography, the skill of identifying Spanish handwriting in the 11th- through 15th-century manuscripts. Through the lens of the medieval history of Burgos, we dedicate 75% percent of our efforts to developing pragmatic expertise in the interpretation of Carolingian/French/Gothic handwriting.
Specifically, the course explores how the royal Castilian city of Burgos influenced, and was influenced by, Jews, Christians, and Muslims. We closely evaluate the Spanish Christian Reconquest, the Plague and the 14th-century Castilian civil war, anti-Jewish pogroms, the emergence of elite conversos (Jewish converts to Christianity), and the role of the king and Roman Catholic Church in the creation of Catholic Spain. Through onsite interviews in archives and museums in Burgos, we experience the medieval city, artifacts, and manuscripts. While we teach using Spanish manuscripts, very little or no knowledge of the Spanish language is necessary to complete the course.
Using an intensive array of paleography practices, exams, independent projects, and collaborative efforts, you will garner exceptional skills that you can apply to interpreting any medieval European handwriting. To demonstrate your mastery of paleography you will (1) create a 14th-15th-century alphabet, numeral, and abbreviation guide using manuscript images, and (2) transcribe one selection from a medieval manuscript.
Call for papers: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 23rd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium: Collecting (in) the Middle Ages, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 16 February 2017
Deadline: 15 November 2017
The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 23rd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium invites speakers to consider the nature of medieval collections, the context of their creation and fruition, and their legacy — or disappearance — in the present.
Inspired by objects such as a cedar box chest once kept in the Holy of Holies of the Lateran, this colloquium seeks to explore a diverse set of topics surrounding medieval practices of collecting. This wooden box may seem simple, but once opened it reveals a priceless collection: fragments of rock and wood from the Holy Land, each labelled with its precise place of origin by a sixth-century hand. Here and there, stones have fallen out, leaving imprints in the soil. The wooden relic chest is an object of small size and almost no material value, but has nevertheless been treasured for centuries by one of the largest and most powerful institutions of the medieval world.
The study of medieval collecting raises a variety of questions. How and why were objects collected, practically and conceptually? What was their expected time-span and what enabled their survival? How have medieval collections impacted modern scholarship, and how do modern collecting and display practices influence our interpretation of the past?
Applicants to the colloquium are encouraged to explore these issues from a diverse range of methodologies, analysing objects from the 6th to the 16th century and from a wide-ranging geographical span. Possible areas of discussion might include:
- Collecting through time: How do we define the medieval collection/collector? How did medieval objects take on new meanings in medieval collections, ie. in the case of spolia? How has scholarship on medieval art been influenced by varying collecting practices and curatorial strategies across time?
- Collecting in space: can the idea of the ‘collection’ be expanded to include objects, places and spaces spread across different geographical locales? Could objects or spaces communicate their commonality across a distance? How did pilgrimage routes, travel narratives and travel guides conceptualize their surroundings and weave a thread through geographical and historical difference?
- Collectors, intermediaries, and craftsmen: how did institutions and single collectors acquire and expand their collections? For example, did they rely on a merchant network to acquire foreign objects or new relics? Did they collect newly commissioned objects, and display them in purpose-built spaces?
- Collections and Legacies: how did inheritance impact the notion of collecting, looking forwards as well backwards? How did the meaning of objects change as they were passed down through families and dynasties? What happened to collections when familial lines ended? How did individuals link themselves to courts or dynasties through collections?
- Accessibility: When, how and why were collections visible? Were there different levels of accessibility and interaction and who was allowed to ‘access all areas’? How were restricted collections advertised and open collections protected? And did objects themselves interact with each other, for example in specific displays or assemblages?
- Organising Collections: What were the systems for assembling a collection, and for how they were curated? How did purpose-built spaces impact the growth of collections, and vice-versa? What were the roles of documents in collections, and how have medieval recording practices influenced modern views of the medieval collection?
The Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium offers an opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present, discuss and promote their research. To apply, please send a proposal of up to 250 words for a 20 minute paper, together with a CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than 15 November 2017.