Journée d’étude – Medieval Textiles: Meaning and Materiality

Fri 25 November 2016
10:00 – 17:00 GMT

Birkbeck, University of London
Room 101, 30 Russell Square
United Kingdom

On the occasion of the V&A Museum’s unprecedented exhibition of opus anglicanum, this one-day interdisciplinary conference brings together leading and emerging scholars working on questions of meaning and materiality in medieval textiles, both real and imaginary.


Programme :

10.00 Introduction

10.10 Session I. Clothing power

10.10 Clare Vernon: The Mantle of King Roger II of Sicily
10.30 Pippa Salonius: Gifts of Silk and Gold: finance, diplomacy and fashion at the courts of England and Rome in the thirteenth Century
10.50 Julian Gardner: Moving Pictures : cardinals in copes
11.10 Discussion
11.25 Tea and coffee

11.45 Session II. Unravelling meaning

11.45 Lisa Monnas: Textiles in the Paintings of Rogier van der Weyden
12.05 Joanne Anderson: Unfinished Threads and Ragged Edges in Medieval Art
12.25 Katherine Harvey: The Man Behind the Mitre: Textiles and the episcopal body in medieval England
12.45 Discussion
1pm Lunch (not provided)

2.30 Session III. The long lives of clothes

2.30 Gale Owen-Crocker: Clothing the Past I: recycling, refitting, repairing
2.50 Elizabeth Coatsworth: Clothing the Past II: circumstances of survival; sets and collections
3.10 Laura Jacobus: The Marchesa and the Madonna: costume and continuity in sacred performance
3.30 Discussion
3.45 Tea and coffee

4.05 Glyn Davies: An introduction to the ‘Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Embroidery’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert

4.25 Final summing up. Wine and refreshments

Following the conference, participants will be invited to visit the Opus Anglicanum exhibition at the V&A, which is open until 9.30pm, (last entry, 8.15pm). Vouchers for discounted entry and exhibition catalogues have been generously provided by the V&A and will be available at the conference.

Source : Birkbeck, University of London

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