Entries Tagged as 'Lectures'

From Codex to the Cloud (Oxford-Medina)

LECTURE: Nicolai Sinai (University of Oxford) and Alasdair Watson & Keith Small (Bodleian Libraries), From Medina to Oxford, from Codex to the Cloud: Scenes from the life of the Qur’an, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Oxford, 30 May 2017.

Traditionally believed to be the revelatory irruption of divine speech into human history, the Qur’an is a literary document whose eventful biography spanning a millennium and a half yet remains to be written.

In a collaborative presentation, three Oxford scholars will present crucial waystations in the life of the Qur’an. Nicolai Sinai will guide the audience through current research seeking to reconstruct the literary genesis of the Qur’anic texts in late antique Arabia; Alasdair Watson will examine how early modern collectors and adventurers first introduced Qur’anic manuscripts to European libraries, including the Bodleian; and Keith Small will show how Qur’anic codices that have been dispersed by the vagaries of early modern manuscript hunting can now be virtually reunited by cutting-edge digital technology.

There will be a small display on the history of the Qur’an to accompany the lecture.

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Antefatti di Beato Angelico

Beato-Angelico

LECTURE: Ada Labriola, Antefatti di Beato Angelico. Pagine miniate alla vigilia del Rinascimento, Biblioteca Monumentale del Museo di San Marco, Firenze, venerdì 19 maggio 2017, ore 17.00.

Il Beato Angelico fu miniatore oltre che pittore. La conferenza prenderà in esame alcuni aspetti della miniatura fiorentina nei decenni che precedono la realizzazione della prima opera conosciuta di Angelico miniatore e cioè il Graduale di San Domenico a Fiesole. In particolar modo sarà presa in considerazione l’attività di un protagonista dell’illustrazione libraria del Trecento a Firenze, Don Simone Camaldolese, di cui il Museo di San Marco conserva l’importante serie di corali miniati per Santa Maria del Carmine. Per la prima volta sarà ricostruita l’attività di Don Simone al servizio della corte dei Gonzaga a Mantova negli anni finali del XIV secolo.

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Problems in Manuscript Terminology

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LECTURE: Christine Jakobi-Mirwald, False Friends or True Friends? Problems and Chances of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Communication in Manuscript Terminology, Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia (Aula 8), Via Zamosch 43, Cassino, 10 maggio 2017 ore 10.

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The Library of Saint Thomas Becket Collection

LECTURE: Christopher de Hamel, The Library of Saint Thomas Becket Collection, Society of Antiquaries in London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BE, 6 June 2017, at 13.00 (doors open at 12.30).

Archbishop Thomas Becket, martyred in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, was among the earliest private book collectors in English history. The richly-illustrated lecture looks at the manuscripts he owned and what happened to them, and it concludes with the unexpected and recent discovery of Becket’s Psalter, which was kept on his shrine in the Cathedral throughout the Middle Ages.

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Crossing Palaeographical Borders

Bible

LECTURE: Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, FBA, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Crossing palaeographical borders: Bi-alphabetical Hebrew scribes and manuscripts in Egypt, Spain and Northern France (11th to 15th centuries), 2017 John Coffin Memorial Annual Palaeography Lecture, The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, 24 May 2017 (18:00 – 20:00).

Medieval Jewish scribal culture reflects long-standing post-biblical traditions elaborated by Jewish communities in Palestine, Egypt and Mesopotamia. Moreover, despite major linguistic and scribal differences, Jewish medieval scribes in both East and West were well aware of the palaeographical specificities of the non-Jewish cultures among which they resided. This awareness is apparent in the manuscripts themselves: some contain texts written in different languages and alphabets, others are written in Hebrew script with features echoing the scripts of the majority cultures. Taking as examples manuscripts written in Egypt, Spain and Northern France between the eleventh and the fifteenth centuries, Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger will attempt to uncover some of the mechanisms, technical, aesthetic and social, underlying such scribal cross-cultural encounters.

Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger is the Director of Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Section des Sciences Historiques et Philogogiques, Sorbonne University, Paris and is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. She is a highly distinguished scholar, funded by the Rothschild Foundation to research uncatalogued material, and her subject is fundamental to current work on medieval Europe. She heads a pan-European project entitled Books within Books, that seeks to locate, photograph and describe every Hebrew manuscript to be found in the bindings of books (these are mostly books written in Latin) now in libraries across Europe. She is a leading specialist in the study of Hebrew manuscripts, palaeography and diplomatic, the history of medieval linguistic thought and Christian Hebrew scholars in the Middle Ages.

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Civil War and Restoration London Lives

LECTURE – Mike Webb (Bodleian Libraries), Civil War and Restoration London Lives: Three New Manuscript Sources in the Bodleian, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Oxford, 2 May 2017 1.00pm — 1.45pm. This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

Mary Gofton’s 1640s account book charts the pleasures and tribulations of a woman in Civil War London. Robert Robinson’s ‘Miscellany of meditations’ of 1659 represents the reflections of a thinking man in his sixties who had lived through the Civil War and Commonwealth era; Jeffrey Boys’s diary, kept in a small printed almanac in 1667, reveals the life of a Restoration rake who gambles and dances his way through post-Fire London. Among his dancing partners is one ‘Astrea’, who is none other than the female dramatist, Aphra Behn. Three very different sources, all with surprising secrets.

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La bellezza nei libri (conferenze)

LECTURES: La bellezza nei libri. Cultura e devozione nei manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova, ciclo di conferenze, Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova, via San Biagio 7, Padova, 19 aprile – 3 maggio 2017.

In occasione della mostra è previsto anche un ciclo di incontri:

19 aprile 2017, ore 17.00
* Federica Toniolo, La bellezza nei libri. Cultura e devozione nei manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova. Introduzione alla mostra.

26 aprile 2017, ore 17.00
* Alfio Catalano o.s.b., Giovanni Cassiano, l’autore e le opere e Chiara Ponchia, Il manoscritto delle opere di Giovanni Cassiano della Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova.

3 maggio 2017, ore 17
* Laura Zabeo, I primi manoscritti all’antica tra Padova e Venezia.

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I Libri Corali della Cattedrale di Ferrara

Ferrara

LECTURES – I colori dell’anima: i Libri Corali della Cattedrale e la musica sacra a Ferrara alla fine del Quattrocento, Ciclo di conferenze 2017 con Anna Melograni, Fabrizio Lollini e Mons. Pablo Colino, Ferrara, Palazzo Bonacossi e Cattedrale, 20 e 27 Aprile e 18 Maggio 2017.

Dopo la pausa del 2016, ritorna Anatomia di un capolavoro. Storia, stile e iconografia nelle opere del Museo della Cattedrale, l’appuntamento annuale con l’arte promosso della prestigiosa istituzione ferrarese, oggi alla sua terza edizione dedicata ai preziosi codici miniati custoditi dal Museo: tre conferenze per raccontare, a più voci e da diversi punti di vista, uno dei vertici più significativi della miniatura rinascimentale.

La collezione si compone di un Salterio e un Innario – decorati nel 1472 dal caposcuola della miniatura estense Guglielmo Giraldi – e da ventidue corali di dimensioni molto ampie realizzati tra il 1477 e il 1535 su commissione del Capitolo della Cattedrale e del vescovo Bartolomeo della Rovere. La monumentale impresa, testimonianza assai rara di corredo liturgico musicale conservatosi pressoché integralmente, fu condotta da una vera e propria squadra di artisti: tra gli altri, fra’ Evangelista da Reggio, Giovanni Vendramin, Martino da Modena e Jacopo Filippo Medici, detto l’Argenta, vero protagonista dell’impresa, già al fianco di Taddeo Crivelli nella realizzazione della celeberrima Bibbia di Borso d’Este (1455-56), oggi custodita alla Biblioteca Estense di Modena.

Le conferenze guideranno il pubblico alla conoscenza di questi affascinati e coloratissimi capolavori, testimonianza non solo della cura dei dettagli dei calligrafi e della straordinaria perizia dei miniatori, ma anche della centralità della musica e del canto nella liturgia rinascimentale. Un viaggio affascinante e realmente imperdibile sarà ospitato nella consueta sede di Palazzo Bonacossi e, in via del tutto eccezionale, nel luogo ove i corali venivano utilizzati, letti e cantati: il coro della Cattedrale.

Programma degli incontri

Giovedì 20 aprile, ore 18
* Anna Melograni (MiBACT), Quanto costava la miniatura nel Quattrocento? Il caso dei Corali della Cattedrale di Ferrara
Ferrara, Palazzo Bonacossi, via cisterna del Follo 5.

Giovedì 27 aprile, ore 18
* Fabrizio Lollini (Università degli Studi di Bologna), Alla fine dell’Officina ferrarese: il cantiere dei Corali del Duomo
Ferrara, Palazzo Bonacossi, via cisterna del Follo 5.

Giovedì 18 maggio, ore 21
* Mons. Pablo Colino (Maestro di Cappella emerito della Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano), Musica e liturgia nei Corali della Cattedrale: L’Innario
Ferrara, coro della Cattedrale, ingresso da via degli Adelardi 2 (per assistere a questa conferenza sarà necessario munirsi del biglietto d’ingresso gratuito ritirabile presso il Museo della Cattedrale a partire dal 16 maggio).

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The ‘Meditationes vitae Christi’: A Conversation

Meditationes

SEMINAR – The Meditationes vitae Christi: A Conversation about Dating, Authorship and Contexts, with Peter Toth, Donal Cooper and Joanna Cannon, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House (Research Forum Seminar Room), Strand, London, Wednesday, 26 April 2017, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Peter Toth (British Library)
The Meditationes vitae Christi, a series of affective meditations on the life of Christ, has long been regarded as one of the most influential medieval works ever. It had decisive influence on literary and religious thought as well as the fine and performing arts of the Late Middle Ages. Despite its wide-reaching importance, however, neither its author nor even its date or the language it was originally written has ever been identified. This talk will survey the latest research that shed some new light on these questions and reflect on the challenges this new light had created, showcasing further evidence for the date and original language of this medieval best-seller.

Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge)
A long-standing conundrum regarding the origins of the Meditationes vitae Christi has been the elusive nature of the Franciscan friar traditionally proposed as its author: Giovanni de’ Cauli or John of Caulibus. The claim made by Fra Bartolomeo da Pisa in the 1390s that “Iohannes de Caulibus de Sancto Geminiano” had written a book of meditations on the Gospels has yet to be corroborated by contemporary archival sources. Building on Péter Toth’s and Dávid Falvay’s compelling reappraisal of the early manuscript tradition of the Meditationes, this contribution turns to the rich archival record that survives for the Tuscan Franciscans from the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in search of the text’s likely author.

Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Since the days of Henry Thode and Emile Mâle, as views on the authorship and dating of the Meditationes vitae Christi have evolved, the uses that art historians have made of the text have undergone several changes. The contribution reflects on the implications of these changes, and of the recent findings of Péter Toth, Dávid Falvay and Donal Cooper, for the study of the Meditationes vitae Christi in relation to art in thirteenth-century Siena.

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On Greek-style Bindings Called “Alla Greca”

LECTURE: Anna Gialdini, “Alla Greca”? Greek-style Bindings and Their Meanings in Early Modern Europe, Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecture, The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE, Tuesday, 16 May 2017, from 17:30 to 18:30.

This paper will consider different aspects of the production and consumption of Greek-style bookbindings in early modern Europe, focusing on Venice, Florence, and France.

Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to lecture and to the tea beforehand.

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The Vatican Library in the Lyell Lectures 2017

LECTURES: Paul Nelles (Carleton University), Libraries, Space and Power, Lyell Lectures 2017, Oxford, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 4  – 18 May 2017. Lectures will take place from 5.00pm — 6.00pm. This event is free but places are limited so please complete the booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

In the 2017 Lyell Lectures Paul Nelles enters the social and material world of the Vatican Library in the late sixteenth century. At the vanguard of the Counter-Reformation, the library gradually adapted to its new role as an instrument of papal policy and hub of ecclesiastical reform. The lectures locate the Vatican Library within a constellation of new state-sponsored collections in early modern Europe.

Framed around the vibrant fresco cycles that graced the new library quarters constructed under Pope Sixtus V (1585-1590), the lectures visit specific episodes in sixteenth century cultural history to probe the dynamic of script and print within the space of the Vatican Library. Particular attention is given to the individuals, practices, and working tools that intersected with libraries in this period.

Program

Thursday May 4: The Vatican Library in the Counter-Reformation
Tuesday May 9: Cardinals and councils
Thursday May 11: An eternal archive
Tuesday May 16: Scribes in the city
Thursday May 18: Urbs et orbis. Popes and printers.

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Regard sur la liturgie à travers ses livres

LECTURES: Laura Albiero (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Anthropologie du rituel. Regard sur la liturgie à travers ses livres, Paris, Sorbonne, en salle Perroy, de 17h à 19h.

Jeudi 27 Avril : Les pratiques liturgiques de l’église latine
Jeudi 4 et 11 Mai : La liturgie eucharistique
Jeudi 18 Mai et 1er Juin : La liturgie des heures
Jeudi 8 Juin : Autres actions rituelles.

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