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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