Murray Seminar: Mary Magdalene in Byzantium – 6 December 2018 5pm

A reminder that Cecily Hennessy will be speaking on Wednesday 6th December at the Murray Seminar at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) at 5pm.  As ever, the talk will finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and is then followed by discussion and refreshments.  Details of her talk  are below, and we hope to see you there.

Mary Magdalene in Byzantium

While Mary Magdalene’s relics were housed from about 900 in a most splendid church built by Leo VI in Constantinople, she is often thought to be an insignificant saint in the east, although several indications suggest a more complex situation. This paper examines the Early Christian and Byzantine imagery of Mary, explores some eastern texts that contributed to forming her identity and endeavours to understand why the two traditions, east and west, are so distinct. 

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Murray Seminars – Autumn Term 2017

Please see details of this term’s Murray Seminars below:

Murray Seminars – Autumn Term 2017

18 October: Kim Woods Speaking Sculptures 

13 November: Zoe Opacic From Sacroscape to Cityscape: Images of Central European Towns in Late Medieval Sources

6 December: Cecily Hennessy Mary Magdalene in Byzantium

All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 114 (The Keynes Library) at 5pm.

Talks finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.  We hope to see you there.

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Murray Seminar – Wednesday 28th June 2017

Our final Murray Seminar of the year takes place this Wednesday, 28th June at 5pm, in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 114 (The Keynes Library).  As ever, the talk will finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and it will then be followed by discussion and refreshments.  We hope to see you there.

Robert Maniura

Jaume Huguet, decoration and innovation 

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Art in the Iberian peninsula in the fifteenth century is still neglected, especially compared to the Italian and Netherlandish traditions which remain the benchmark for the standard narratives of artistic development. Robert Maniura considers the output of Jaume Huguet, the most prominent painter in Barcelona in the later fifteenth century, whose elaborate and heavily gilded works conspicuously depart from these familiar patterns. He argues that his paintings reveal a sensitivity to and creative exploitation of his materials every bit as noteworthy as that of his more famous contemporaries.

 

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Murray Seminars – Summer Term 2017

Please see details below:

Murray Seminars Summer Term 2017

10 May Joanna Cannon

Second Thoughts: Redating the Frescoes by the Maestro di San Francesco at Assisi

The mid-thirteenth-century murals in the Lower Church of San Francesco at Assisi mark a key moment in the construction of the narrative of the life of St Francis.  But when, precisely, was that moment? Joanna Cannon revisits her often-quoted article of 1982, ‘Dating the Frescoes of the Maestro di San Francesco at Assisi’, to argue against some of her earlier conclusions, and to explore the implications of this change of mind.  Were the Franciscans always the artistic innovators in thirteenth-century Italy, or did the Dominicans sometimes lead the way?

7 June   Dorigen Caldwell

‘”There is nothing better than to live after death”: seeking immortality in cinquecento Rome’

Dorigen Caldwell will examine debates in literary and artistic circles in mid sixteenth-century Rome around portraiture and the encapsulation of the individual. Taking as her point of departure a portrait bust of Pope Paul III, she focusses in particular on the highly erudite circles which gathered around the Farnese court, exploring themes of paragone, materiality and the perpetuation of memory.

28 June Robert Maniura

Jaume Huguet, decoration and innovation in fifteenth-century Iberian art

Art in the Iberian peninsula in the fifteenth century is still neglected, especially compared to the Italian and Netherlandish traditions which remain the benchmark for the standard narratives of artistic development. Robert Maniura considers the output of Jaume Huguet, the most prominent painter in Barcelona in the later fifteenth century, whose elaborate and heavily gilded works conspicuously depart from these familiar patterns. He argues that his paintings reveal a sensitivity to and creative exploitation of his materials every bit as noteworthy as that of his more famous contemporaries.

All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 114 (The Keynes Library) at 5pm.  Talks finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.  We hope to see you there.

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This week’s Murray Seminar: 24 November 2016

This week’s Murray Seminar, which will take place on Thursday 24th November in the History of Art Dept at Birkbeck, in Room 106, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.  As ever, the seminar will start at 5pm, with a break at 5.50pm for those who need to leave to attend classes, and will continue with discussion and refreshments until 6.30pm.  Our speaker is Pippa Salonius, who is visiting from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and her topic is as follows:

Authority, Nature and the Image

Medieval culture has been described as a ‘culture of authority’. Kings, princes, and city-states all sought to establish themselves as central figures of authority. The pope, as the earthly representative of divine authority and justice, strived to remain their point of reference. As the ultimate authority, God’s work could be cited in words from the Bible or as images of the natural world. In a society where the word of God reigned supreme, visual reminders of this chain of command were of vital importance. Images, after all, were the lingua franca of medieval Christendom, but given the abstract nature of the message, how was its meaning best conveyed?

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Murray Seminars Summer Term 2016

Please find details of the Murray Summer Term seminars listed here:

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/art-history/news/the-murray-seminar-on-medieval-and-renaissance-art

The first of them is on Friday 22nd April at 5pm in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Sq. WC1H 0PD

Prof. Bernd Nicolai  

Modes of Artistic Expression and Representation. The facade of Bern Minster and fifteenth-century church building programmes in imperial cities’ 

 

 

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/modes-of-artistic-expression-and-representation-the-facade-of-bern-minster

 

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Murray Seminars Spring term series 2016 at Birkbeck announced

The full Spring term Murray Seminars series at Birkbeck has been announced.

This term promises an interesting and varied programme. The 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 Nickson, looking 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 Verrochio (Monday, 7th March)

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

All seminars this term 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.

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First Murray Seminar of 2016 – 20 January

The first Murray Seminar of 2016 is coming up on 20th January!

Zuleika Murat, ‘I have not seen more precious tombs and burials with greater pomp’: Guariento and the Tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

The splendid tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice once consisted of a hanging canopy and tomb by Andrea da San Felice and decorations by the famous painter Guariento.  Dr. Murat proposes a new hypothesis and a visual reconstruction of this important monument in one of Venice’s most significant locations.

All seminars this term 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.

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Murray Seminars – Autumn 15 Programme

Please find attached details on the Murray Seminars this Autumn Term 2015.

All sessions take place in the School of Arts, Room 112, 43 Gordon Square 5pm to 6pm and are followed by refreshments.

  • 22nd October: Robert Maniura discussing Rogier van der Weyden’s famous image of St Luke drawing the Virgin Mary, exploring its implications for the understanding of contemporary portraiture
  • 19th November: Laura Jacobus looking at five generations of women who worshipped in the Arena Chapel in Padua, asking what insights we can gain when we place them at the centre of our enquiry
  • 10th December: Juliana Barone looking at Leonardo, Poussin and Errard: new ideals in the editio princeps of the Treatise on Painting

 

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Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art – Summer programme

Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art – Summer programme

The Department of History of Art at Birkbeck presents a series of seminars on medieval and renaissance art, supported by the Bequest established in memory of Professor Peter Murray, the Department’s founder. All seminars are held at 6pm at Birkbeck’s School of Arts (43, Gordon Sq., London, WC1H OPD), and are followed by a reception.

Monday 11th May 2015, Room 112

Dr. Zoe Opacic (Birkbeck), ‘A sinner in the City: the later medieval cult of Mary Magdalene in Central Europe’

Wednesday 27th May 2015, Room 112 

Dr Ioanna Christoforaki (Academy of Athens (Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art)), ‘Cherchez les Franciscains: Friars, Icons and Devotion on Venetian Crete’

 

Monday 8th June 2015, Room 112 
Dr. Peter Draper, ‘Conception and the communication of the design of medieval buildings. What might be learnt from rock-cut buildings?’

 

Tuesday 16th June, Room 114

Dr Michael Douglas Scott (Birkbeck), ‘The Censorship of Images in Sixteenth-Century Venice’

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