Colloque – New Directions in the Study of Medieval Sculpture

The focus on the materiality of medieval sculpture has proven crucial to its study and has expanded our historical understanding of sculpture itself. Whether monumental relief sculpture in stone, wooden sculptures in the round, sculpted altarpieces, ivory plaques or enamelled reliquaries, the possibilities for research on medieval sculpture now extend far beyond the established canon.

Contemporary medieval sculpture studies have opened the field to comparative and inclusive research that embraces the social, performative, gendered and ritual uses of medieval sculpture. This two-day conference provides an opportunity for scholars and students to reflect on the field and ask how do we investigate medieval sculpture today and what might come ‘after’ materiality?

This two-day international conference assesses the state of the field of medieval sculpture, exploring new directions, approaches and technologies for research. The discussion-based format of the conference will provide an opportunity for conversation amongst delegates and speakers.

£30 / £15 (concessions), including Saturday lunch, Friday night wine reception, and refreshments.

Book a place at this conference : here


Programme :

Friday 16 March, 12:30 – 7:30pm

Session One: Time
Chair: Dr Peter Dent (University of Bristol)

Giovanni Pisano, the Mechanical Clock and the Epiphany of the Moving Image – Dr Luca Palozzi (University of Edinburgh)
Mutable Monuments: Time, Decay and Transformation in Medieval Sculpture – Dr Jessica Barker (University of East Anglia)

Session Two: Copies and Reconstruction
Chair: Michaela Zöschg (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Reimagining the Font Canopy of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich with new finds from the Philadelphia Museum of Art – Dr Amy Gillette (The Barnes Foundation) and Dr Zachary Stewart (Texas A&M University)
Medieval Monumental Sculpture on Display in the Modern German Museum: Theory, Practice and the Problem of the Copy – Prof William Diebold (Reed College)

Session Three: Single Sculpture Study Roundtable
Chair: Dr Luca Palozzi (University of Edinburgh)

Multiples Perspectives on a Virgin and Child by the Maestro della Santa Caterina Gualino – Dr Xavier Dectot (National Museums Scotland), Diana de Belliaigue (National Museums Scotland) and Dr Rachel King (Burrell Collection)

Wine reception to follow

Saturday 17 March 2018, 10am – 6:30pm

Session Four: Materiality
Chair: Dr Elisa Foster (Henry Moore Institute)

Speaking Sculptures – Dr Kim Woods (Open University)
Material or efficient cause? A critique of the agency of sculpture – Dr Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews)

Session Five: Material Networks
Chair: Dr Elisa Foster (Henry Moore Institute)

Material Translations: Medieval Sculpture in a World System – Dr Sarah Guérin (University of Pennsylvania)
Cultural Spaces – Dr Peter Capreau (M-Museum Leuven)

Session Six: Medieval Sculpture and Photography
Chair: Dr Jessica Barker (University of East Anglia)

Hidden Faces and Facets: Taking an Oblique Look at Medieval Ivories – Nancy Thebaut (University of Chicago)
Spatial issues in the later sculpted bosses from Norwich Cathedral Cloister (c.1410 – c.1430) – Robert Hawkins (University of Cambridge)

Session Seven: Making Sense: Body and Mind
Chair: Dr Stacy Boldrick (University of Leicester)

From 2D to 4D: The Cross of the Scriptures and the Embodied Eye – Dr Heather Pulliam (University of Edinburgh)
Making Gestures: bodily techniques of stone carving – Dr Agata Gomółka (University of East Anglia)
Conference Response – Prof Paul Binski (University of Cambridge)

Informations pratiques :

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Open 7 days a week, except Bank Holidays, from 11am to 5.30pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Galleries are closed on Mondays.

Source : Henry Moore Institute

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