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39th St Louis Conference on MSS Studies

CONFERENCE: 39th Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, Saint Louis University, Department of Special Collections, Pius XII Memorial Library (3650 Lindell Boulevard), 12-13 October 2012.


Friday, 12 October 2012 (Père Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall, 2nd flr.)
Registration and Breakfast – 8:00am
Opening Remarks – 8:50am

Session I: Theophilus Revisited
Organizer: Susan L’Engle (Saint Louis University)
* Heidi Gearhart (Busch-Reisinger museum, Harvard Art Museums), Rethinking Artistic Skill: Craft and Virtue in “On Diverse Arts”
* Thea Burns (Independent Scholar), Early Medieval Written Craft Recipes as Sources for Historical Research
* Kristine Rose (The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), “It’s Not Easy Being Green”: A Technical and Cultural Study of Green Pigments Used in Illuminated Manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Session II – The Art and Science of the Body
Organizer: Ruth Evans (Saint Louis University)
* Julie Orlemanski (Boston College), Keeping Time: Diagrammatic Bodies in Medieval English Medicine
* Ashley Nolan (Saint Louis University), Image and Text in Early Fourteenth-Century Wound Men
* Sherry C.M. Lindquist (Western Illinois University), Ineffable Flesh: Artistic Imagination and Ethereal Beings in Late Medieval Manuscripts

Session III – Paleography
Organizer: David Gura (University of Notre Dame)
* David Gura (University of Notre Dame), The Intrusion of Documentary Scripts into Book Hands of School Texts: A Case Study
* Erik Kwakkel (Leiden University), From Caroline to Gothic: Tracing the Birth of a New Script
* Frank Coulson (The Ohio State University), Helyas de Bosco, Scribe of the “Lumen confessorum” of Andreas de Escobar (Columbus, OH, William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, MS Lat. 5)

Afternoon Break – 3:30pm
* David Ganz (Independent Scholar), The Importance of Half Uncial Script

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Session IV – New Discoveries in Armenian Manuscripts
Organizers: Tamar m. Boyadjian (University of California, Los Angeles), Sylvie Merian (The Morgan Library & Museum)
* Kristen St. John (University of California, Los Angeles), Armenian Prayer Scrolls: “Hmayil” from the Minasian Collection of the University of California, Los Angeles Library
* Tamar M. Boyadjian (University of California, Los Angeles), A Recently Discovered Armenian Manuscript among the Caro Minasian “Ephemera” Material at University of California, Los Angeles
* Sylvie Merian (The Morgan Library & Museum), The Society of Foliophiles, Otto Ege, and the Dispersal of Armenian Manuscript Leaves

Session V – Writing the Scribe
Organizer: Susan L’Engle (Saint Louis University)
* Elizabeth Moodey (Vanderbilt University), Towards a Portrait of a Late-Medieval Mastermind: Jean Miélot
* David Trobisch (American Bible Society), The Role of the Scribe in the Letters of Paul
* Rebecca W. Corrie (Bates College), The Struggles of Scribes: Messages from Late-Medieval Italy

Session VI – Work in Progress
Organizer: Susan L’Engle (Saint Louis University)
* William Noel (University of Pennsylvania), Manuscript Access in a Digital Age
* Consuelo Dutschke (Columbia University), Digital Scriptorium Today and Tomorrow

Session VII – Fragments and the Fragmenting of Manuscripts
Organizer: Susan L’Engle (Saint Louis University)
* Lyle Humphrey (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “Hacked all to Pieces”: The Mutilation of Venetian “Mariegole” in the Modern Era
* Anne-Marie Eze (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), “Unica nel suo genere”: Abbé Celotti’s Cabinet of Sistine Chapel Miniatures
* Eric J. Johnson (The Ohio State University), “Find Me a Book to Break into Pieces”: The Calculus of Greed, Manuscript Destruction, and the Reconstruction of the Hornby-Cockerell Bible (OSU MS Lat. 14)
* Micah Erwin (University of Texas, Austin), Crowdsourcing the Medieval Text: New Avenues for Examining Leaves and Fragments

Closing Remarks.

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Dialog mit dem Fremden

CONFERENCE: Dialog mit dem Fremden: Kultur als Ergebnis überregionalen Handel(n)s? Wege von Wissen und materieller Kultur als Ausdruck religiösen, politischen und wirtschaftlichen Handelns im Spätmittelalter, Interdisziplinärer Workshop, Wien, Kommission für Schrift- und Buchwesen der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, 29. Februar–2. März 2012.


Mittwoch, 29 Februar 2012, 13.30 Uhr
* Maria Theisen, Elisabeth Gruber, Martin Haltrich, Uhr Begrüßung und Einführung
* Christina Lutter, Hof – Stadt – Kloster im spätmittelalterlichen Österreich und Böhmen. Soziale Räume als Forschungsthema
* Oliver Schmitt, Wiens Blick in den „Osten“: Österreich, Tschechien, Slowakei und Polen als Forschungspartner
* Maria Theisen, Zwischen Ahnen und Wissen – vom anonymen Prager Bildermaler zum Bild sozioökonomischer Verflechtungen
* Elisabeth Gruber, Soziale Räume im spätmittelalterlichen Wien
* Martin Haltrich, Beziehungen und Interaktionen im klösterlichen Bereich

16.45 Uhr Ausblick auf den „Workshop“: Was wird gearbeitet?
19.00 Uhr gemeinsames Abendessen

Donnerstag, 1 März 2012
09.15 Uhr Beginn
09.30 – 11.15 Uhr Gruppe 1 (4 Pers)
11.15 – 11.40 Uhr Kaffeepause
11.45 – 13.30 Uhr Gruppe 2 (3 Pers)
13.30 – 14.30 Uhr Mittagessen
14.30 – 16.15 Uhr Gruppe 3 (4 Pers)
16.15 – 16.45 Uhr Zwischenbilanz
18.00 Uhr Round Table (ÖAW Hauptgebäude)

Freitag, 2. März 2012
09.30 – 11.15 Uhr Gruppe 4 (3 Pers)
11.15 – 11.45 Uhr Kaffeepause
11.45 – 13.00 Uhr Zusammenfassung, Schlussdiskussion, Ausblick
13.00 Uhr Ende der Tagung.

The Royal Conference: A Retrospective

On 12-13 December the British Library hosted the Royal manuscripts’ conference in conjunction with our exhibition, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination. Seventeen speakers gathered from the UK, continental Europe and America to shed new light on the Royal collection, and particularly on the manuscripts on display.

We are delighted with the conference’s success, and the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive. Over 150 people were in attendance for two days of fascinating insights into the Royal manuscripts. Subjects ranged from some of the best known manuscripts in the exhibition—including the Shrewsbury Book (Royal 15 E. vi) and the itinerary of Matthew Paris (Royal 14 C. vii)—to some of the Royal collection’s less familiar treasures, like a humanist book containing hieroglyphic emblems (Royal 12 C. iii) and an (unusually) unillustrated but heavily annotated bestiary (Royal 2 C. xii). The evening talks given by Michael Wood and John Goodall were erudite and entertaining highlights for those attending the conference, as was the exhibition itself.

On Monday morning, Professor Anthony Edwards and Professor Matthew Fisher focused on the output and authorial interventions of two respective scribes of Royal manuscripts: the sixteenth-century poet William Forrest, whose poems survive in three Royal manuscripts (Royal 17 A. xxi, Royal 17 D. iii and Royal 18 C. xiii), and the so-called Harley Scribe, who was involved in copying some of the many texts within an intriguing multilingual English book (Royal 12 C. xii). A work of one of medieval England’s most famous scribes and authors, Matthew Paris, was the subject of the next paper, by Professor Dorothy Kim. In the second session, Kim and Erin K. Donovan both considered how two vastly different Royal manuscripts, the latter (Royal 15 E. i) destined for Edward IV, visualise the East.

In the afternoon, Dr Alixe Bovey and Dr Olivier de Laborderie examined representations of royalty in the Smithfield Decretals (Royal 10 E. iv) and the two roll chronicles of English kings featured in the exhibition (Royal 14 B. v and Royal 14 B. vi), respectively. The afternoon concluded with a session dedicated to the Shrewsbury book. The speakers—Dr Marigold Norbye, Sara Torres and Jade Bailey—then took part in a lively panel discussion in which they discussed the different angles from which that fascinating manuscript might be explored.

Tuesday morning’s first session was dedicated to the reading of words and images in manuscripts. Dr Maud Pérez-Simon and Professor Anne D. Hedeman each examined a Royal manuscript whose oft-illuminated contents—the Roman d’Alexandre in prose (Royal 20 B. xx) and the Grandes chroniques (Royal 16 G. vi), respectively—are paired with unique and fascinating miniatures. They were followed by Dr Thomas Kren and Lieve de Kesel, whose papers paired manuscripts (including Royal 16 F. ii and Royal 19 C. viii) in a fruitful dialogue uncovering new insights into the style of their production.

In the afternoon, Dr Ilya Dines and Professor Lucy Freeman Sandler considered how word and image, respectively, shed new light on the readers of two Royal books, the annotated bestiary and the splendid Welles Apocalypse (Royal 15 D. ii). In the final session, Dr Joanna Frońska and Dr Sonja Drimmer gave papers dedicated to two books—a book of astrological treatises and political prophecies (Arundel 66) and the book illustrating and defining hieroglypics—whose somewhat unusual or esoteric contents were intended for a royal audience.

Funding for the exhibition and conference was provided by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Student bursaries were generously supported by AMARC.

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Visions: A Conference of Iconographic Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS – Visions: Sixth International Conference of Iconographic Studies, Rijeka (Croatia), 30 May – 6 June 2012. The conference is organized by the Center for Iconographic Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Rijeka; the Department of Art History, Iconology Research Group, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; and the Institute of English Studies, SAS, University of London.

This conference seeks to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue as well as to continue the cycle of sessions for scholarly discourse on significant subjects in iconographic studies. The conference presentations will deal with different subjects concerning “visions” with an emphasis upon the relation between mysticism and art in the European Middle Ages (other periods in Art history are included as well).

The themes and subjects for discussion are as follows:
–  concepts of visions
–  semantics of vision
–  visions in the Old Testament
–  visions in the Book of Revelation
–  visions of the medieval mystics
–  Christian mysticism between theory and practice
–  visions and political theory
–  visions and eternity
–  visions and the visual arts
–  visions “materialized” in different media.

One of the objectives is to inform scholars, students and others interested in the field, of recent research developments in studies in iconography. The conference papers will deal with methodological approaches within iconography and iconology – new methods, new concepts and new scholarship stress the need for interdisciplinary approaches in research which are resulting in altered interpretations of the meaning of images.

A paper proposal comprises:
– full name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address
– title
– abstract (maximum 2 pages).

Paper proposals should be submitted to: Iva Brusic, Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Rijeka, S. Krautzeka bb, 51 000 Rijeka, Croatia; or by e-mail to: cis@ffri.hr

Deadline: 30 December 2011.

The Organizers cover all accomodation costs during the conference. Travel  expenses are not covered. Please contact us for any additional information.

Source: H-ArtHist

Royal Manuscripts (Conference)

CONFERENCE: Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination, London, The British Library (Conference Centre, St Pancras, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB, London), 12–13 December 2011.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination is the first major exhibition to focus on the manuscripts in the Royal collection at the British Library, a treasure trove of illuminated manuscripts associated with and collected by the kings and queens of England between the ninth and 16th centuries. The exhibition features manuscripts that are among the most outstanding examples of decorative and figurative painting from this era to survive in Britain today.

In connection with the exhibition, the Library is hosting a two-day international conference (Mon 12 – Tue 13 December) with 18 speakers, each focussing on a different aspect of the Royal collection, including readers, scribes, genealogy and law, legend and history, and style.


* Jade Bailey (PhD candidate, University of Bristol), An Icon of Anglo-French Kingship? The Portrayal of Charlemagne in Text and Image in Royal 15 E. vi
* Dr Alixe Bovey (University of Kent), Royalty and the Smithfield Decretals
* Lieve De Kesel (PhD candidate, University of Ghent), A perfect match between Flanders and England: Flemish miniatures for the first Tudor King
* Dr Olivier de Laborderie (Paris), The first manuals of English history: Two late-13th-century genealogical rolls of the kings of England in the Royal Collection
* Dr Ilya Dines (Visiting Scholar, History faculty, University of Cambridge), The Bestiary and its Role in Medieval Education
* Erin K. Donovan (PhD candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), A Royal Crusade History: Livre d’Eracles and Edward IV’s exile in Burgundy
* Sonja Drimmer (PhD candidate, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University), A Manuscript of Horapollo’s Hieroglyphica and the Quest for a Royal Patron
* Professor Anthony Edwards (Professor of Textual Studies, Department of English and Creative Writing, De Montfort University, Leicester), William Forrest, Scribe and Poet
* Professor Matthew Fisher (Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles), The Harley Scribe and Royal History Writing
* Dr Joanna Fro´nska (Project researcher), The Royal project, the British Library), The Royal Image and Diplomacy: Henry VII’s Book of Astrology (British Library, Arundel 66)
* Professor Anne D. Hedeman (Professor of Art History and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois), Constructing Saint Louis in John the Good’s Grandes chroniques de France (Royal 16 G. vi)
* Professor Dorothy Kim (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Vassar College), How Matthew Paris Visualized the East in Royal 14 C. vii
* Dr Thomas Kren (Acting Associate Director for Collections, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), Royal Twins? The Hours of Louis XII and the Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany
* Dr Marigold Anne Norbye (Teaching Fellow, History Department, University College, London), “This figure makith clere demonstracioun … descendid is of the stoke and blode of seint Lowys”: French and English propaganda wars through genealogical diagrams
* Dr Maud Pérez-Simon (Maître de Conférences, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3), Alexander under the Brush of the Harvard Hannibal: A Study of Royal MS 20 B. xx
* Professor Lucy Freeman Sandler (Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History, Emerita, New York University), The Lumere as lais and Its Readers: Pictorial Evidence from British Library Royal 15 D. ii
* Sara Torres (PhD candidate, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles), Romances of Dynasty in the Talbot Shrewsbury Book.

Keynote speakers:
* 12 December 6:30–7:45
Michael Wood, The Story of a Book (Cotton Galba A. xviii)
* 13 December 6:30–8:00
John Goodall, The English Castle.

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A Conference in Memory of A. C. de la Mare

CONFERENCE: Palaeography, Humanism & Manuscript Illumination in Renaissance Italy: A Conference in Memory of A. C. de la Mare, London, 17-19 November 2011, organized by ROBERT BLACK, JILL KRAYE and LAURA NUVOLONI.

Albinia de la Mare (1932–2001), OBE, FBA, received her doctorate from the Warburg Institute (1965), worked as an assistant librarian in the Bodleian Library (1964–1988) and was Professor of Palaeography at King’s College London (1989-1997). She was one of the twentieth century’s outstanding palaeographers and the world’s leading authority on Italian Renaissance manuscripts. Among her greatest achievements was tracing the careers of hundreds of scribes writing the new humanist script in Italy during the fifteenth century. The purpose of this conference is to honour her contribution to research and to illustrate how the main areas of her scholarly interests – the palaeography, humanism and manuscript illumination of the Italian Renaissance – have developed in the ten years since her death.

The conference will be held at King’s College London on Thursday 17 November 2011, and at The Warburg Insititute London on Friday and Saturday 18-19 November 2011.


Thursday 17 November 2011
King’s College, Council Room, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS
9.30 – Registration and coffee
10.00 – Professor Sir Richard Trainor, Principal, King’s College
Session 1: The Contribution of A. C. de la Mare – Chair: Robert Black (University of Leeds)
10.15 – Laura Nuvoloni (Cambridge University Library), Genius at Work: Bartolomeo Sanvito and Tilly de la Mare; Xavier van Binnebeke (University of Messina and Bodleian Library, Oxford), Albinia’s House of Treasures, a Mare magnum manuscriptorum; Vincenzo Fera (University of Messina), L’umanesimo di Albinia C. de la Mare

Session 2: Palaeography – Chair: Nicolas Barker
14.00 – Mirella Ferrari (Catholic University, Milan), Italian Manuscripts in the Burney Collection at the British Library; Stefano Zamponi (University of Florence), Strutture grafiche gotiche nella prima scrittura umanistica; Irene Ceccherini (University of Florence), Manuscripts in the Early Humanist Period: Production, Models, Script; Teresa De Robertis (University of Florence), I primi dieci anni della riforma grafica umanistica

Friday 18 November
The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, WC1H OAB
9.30. Registration
10.00. Professor Jill Kraye (Librarian, The Warburg Institute)
Session 3: Palaeography – Chair: Mirella Ferrari
10.15 – Giliola Barbero (Catholic University, Milan), Manuscripts and Script in Lombardy during the First Half of the Fifteenth Century; David Chambers (Warburg Institute), Matteo Contugi of Volterra (d. 1493): Scribe and Secret Agent; Gabriella Pomaro (Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino), Copisti stranieri in Italia nel Quattrocento in Codex – Inventario dei Manoscritti Medievali della Toscana

Session 4: Manuscript Illumination – Chair: Christopher de Hamel (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge)
14.00 – Jonathan Alexander (Institute of Fine Art, New York University), Script and Ornament in Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts; Giordana Mariani Canova (University of Padua), La dimensione universitaria della miniatura a Padova nel Rinascimento; Martin Davies (I Tatti Renaissance Library), Further Adventures of the Master of the Barbo Missal; Angela Dillon Bussi (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana), Vespasiano e la miniatura

Saturday, 19 November
The Warburg Institute
9.30. Registration
Session 5: Humanism – Chair: Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute)
10.00 – James Hankins (Harvard University), Leonardo Bruni: Humanistic Manuscripts; Sebastiano Gentile (University of Cassino), Nuove considerazioni sullo ‘scrittoio’ di Marsilio Ficino: tra paleografia e filologia; Lorenz Böninger (The Letters of Lorenzo de’ Medici), The Ricordanze of Lorenzo di Francesco Guidetti: Manuscript Production and Circulation

Session 6: Humanism – Chair: Cristina Dondi (Oxford University and CERL)
14.00 – Silvia Rizzo (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’), Il copista del nuovo codice petrarchesco delle Tusculanae: filologia vs paleografia; Stephen Oakley (Emmanuel College, Cambridge), Tilly de la Mare and the Manuscripts of Saint Cyprian; Concetta Bianca (University of Florence), Biblioteche senza inventario.

Registration fee (including morning coffee and afternoon tea): £ 5.00 (per day).
Registration is now open. Please contact Jill Kray

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Saint Louis Conference on MSS Studies

Thirty-Eighth Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, Lowrie J. Daly, S.J. Memorial Lecture on Manuscript Studies, Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University, St. Louis (Missouri), 14–15 October 2011. Contact: Barbara Channell

The Vatican Film Library and its journal, Manuscripta, annually host the Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies. The conference, known familiarly as the Manuscripta Conference, has no set theme and serves as a general forum for manuscript scholars to meet and discuss their work with colleagues. Each year a distinguished scholar is invited to deliver the Fr. Lowrie J. Daly, S.J. Memorial Lecture on Manuscript Studies. Topics addressed at the conference range from Antiquity through the early modern period and include many different subjects.:

This year the conference will be held by MICHELLE P. BROWN (University of London): Peopling Paternoster Row: Recovering the Artist of the Holkham Bible Picture-Book

The Holkham Bible offers a unique insight into the mind of a Londoner at a time when the great towns of Europe were in the ascendancy and people were relinquishing ancient feudal ties to the land in search of new opportunity—the Dick Whittington factor. Detailed ‘excavation’ of the way in which the manuscript was made reveals that it began life not as a book at all, but as a booklet of designs perhaps for an embroidered altarpiece or vestments, its style resembling opus anglicanum (‘English work’). The artist was not used to making books, but may have been inspired to do so by the scribes, illuminators and stationers alongside whom he worked in Paternoster Row beside St Paul’s Cathedral. He was evidently concerned to equate his own age and environment with ongoing biblical time—nor was he coy about depicting himself as the personal recipient of salvation, appearing on numerous occasions as a player in the drama that unfolds. The Holkham Bible offers us a window onto the beliefs and attitudes of the ordinary working men and women of London around the 1320s–40s, when urban living was already on the rise. This was the eve of the Black Death which, although it would decimate London’s population, also helped to attract further labour to it, as many folk left the decimated rural landscape, and to ensure its subsequent growth as an international mercantile centre and major publishing hub, founded on a firm ground of civic endeavour and belief that would have been fed by works such as the Holkham Bible.

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Convergence of the Mediterranean

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Convergence of the Mediterranean, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy, 6-9 September 2011.

An international conference organized by the Department of Humanities of the Eastern Mediterranean University, the Department of Historical and Social Sciences of the University of Salerno, the UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies (University of California Santa Cruz) and the  Department of the History of Art “Trans Mediterranean Studies” (Bern University).

The Mediterranean, in various literatures, is perceived as infinite: A sphere of unseen possibilities. Both the sea and its shores are intractably connected and in constant flux. Whether the Mediterranean facilitates cultural and ethnic interplay, or whether we view it as a barrier that separates civilisations and traditions, a close study of Mediterranean economic exchange can be revealing. The history of transportation and commercial activities tells stories of man and culture; the nature of individuals and societies; problems inherent in shipping routes, and currencies. Commercial activity, for the purpose of this conference, is the method of mapping, reading and comprehending the Mediterranean world, and dialogue with societies beyond its internal shores.

The conference aims to be a platform of thought-provoking papers which explore the role of commerce, the function and space of exchange and the relevance of shipping routes across the ‘Mediterranean worlds’ during different historical periods.

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CFP: Manuscripts without Moorings

CALL FOR PAPERS – Manuscripts without Moorings, Objects and Their Origins: Stylistic Analysis or Stylistic Attribution? 100th College Art Association Annual Conference Los Angeles, CA, USA, 22-25 February 2012. Contact: Eric Ramírez-Weaver, University of Virginia.

Recent scholarship and museum exhibitions have challenged traditional attributions of manuscripts, sacred vessels, and objects for daily use to verifiable ateliers through considerations of style.  Methodological classifications and taxonomies of period schools, which were a hallmark of earlier Byzantine and Western medieval art history, have not withstood subsequent revisionist case studies.  New evidence suggests that scribes, illuminators, and medieval artists, beginning with the early medieval period, moved about following the work, rather than remaining at isolated monastic workshops or artistic centers.  In this session of a broad methodological and object-oriented nature, case studies are sought that permit a reappraisal of the pertinence or problematic role of stylistic analysis for the study of medieval art in light of the physical, fiscal, and social realities of medieval artists and their patrons.  What alternative strategies better contextualize  the artistic record in East and West from 300 to 1400?

Deadline: 2 May 2011.

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Kupferstichkabinett online / Printroom online

CONFERENCE – Kupferstichkabinett online / Printroom online: Developments, results, perspectives, International conference on online databases for graphic works,  Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel and Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum Braunschweig, 14-16 March 2011. Concept and organisation: Dr. Thomas Döring, Dr. Christian Heitzmann, Claudia Kleine-Tebbe, Christiane Pagel and Ad Stijnman.

By Spring 2011 the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel will have published about 40.000 entries for prints in their collections in a joint online print database Virtuelles Kupferstichkabinett (“Virtual Printroom”). The project started in 2007 and is being sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for a period of four years. The Bildarchiv Foto Marburg collaborates in the project for the iconographic indexation of image content.

A growing number of institutions record, describe and digitise their collections of graphic works in online-databases or are planning to. The optimisation of the accessibility of prints and drawings is an essential precondition for scholarly research. Furthermore this development is of importance for the perception of art on paper by a general interested audience, and databases also provide qualified resources for e-learning, which is steadily gaining importance.

The Internet may act as an intermediary for graphic collections in printrooms, libraries, archives, universities and other collections. A web-based collective print index cumulating the data pools of many print collections is a logical consequence of the advancement of systematic indexing. Such a tool gives the possibility to reconstruct lost contexts between prints and books or manuscripts, for example. Digital indexing provides further possibilities for the virtual reconstruction of historically related collections.

In the digital era the relevance of the graphic image, and therefore also of print collections, depends significantly on a quantitatively and qualitatively convincing presentation and presence on the Internet. From this point of view the further development and networking of virtual printrooms is of great importance.

Aspects of the conference theme:
– Possibilities of and limits to ‘graphic portals’: a new paradigm for printrooms?
– Graphic portals between research, education and institutional profiling
– Documentation of collections of graphic works: standards in metadata harvesting
– Standardisation and individualisation in database construction
– Subsequent use of metadata: interfaces for data transfer
– Cooperative indexing as model?
– Perspectives of networking: towards a virtual print catalogue
– The question of access: open access vs. copyright?
– Conservation aspects of digitising and describing art on paper
– Collections of graphic works in museums, libraries, archives and other institutions: recording, access, keeping and presentation
– Permanence and fluidity of digital imagery: the representation of the printed picture as digital image.

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The Vatican Library as a Place of Research

CONFERENCE: The Vatican Library as a Place of Research and an Institution at the Service of Readers, Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 11-13 November 2010.

The conference will be the official moment of the solemn reopening of the Vatican Library and, above all, a good opportunity for exchanges about the studies and activities undertaken in the “everyday” activities of the Library.


PART 1 – Thursday 11 November 2010: The Library as a Place of Research
Chairperson: Bernard Stolte
9.00 –  Welcome: H.Em.ce Card. Card. Raffaele Farina, Librarian of S.R.C.; Introduction: Prefect Cesare Pasini
10.30 – Mario De Nonno, Filologia classica; Peter Schreiner, Filologia bizantina; Caterina Tistano, Paleografia e Codicologia; Discussion.
Chairperson: Mirella Ferrari
14.30 – Jean-Noël Guinot, Bibbia, Patristica, Liturgia e Agiografia; Vincenzo Fera, Umanesimo e Rinascimento; Irene Fosi, Storia moderna e contemporanea; Roberto Antonelli, Italianistica; Discussion.

Friday 12 November 2010
Chairperson Elisabeth Kieven
9.00 – Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, Medioevo; Velantino Pace, Storia dell’arte e della miniatura; Arnaldo Morelli, Storia della musica; Gianfranco Fiaccadori, Orientalistica; Ermanno Arslan, Numismatica; Discussion.

PART 2 – Friday 12 November 2010: The Library at the Service of Scholarship
Chairperson Franca Arduini
14.30 – Paolo Vian, Dipartimento dei Manoscritti; Adalbert Roth, Dipartimento degli Stampati; Giancarlo Alteri, Dipartimento del Gabinetto Numismatico; Antonio Manfredi, Scuola di Biblioteconomia; Amalia D’Alascio, Esposizioni; Discussion.

Saturday 13 November 2010
Chairperson Konstantinos Choulis
9.00 – Irmgard Schuler, Fotografia; Marta Grimaccia, Conservazione e Restauro; Luciano Ammenti e Paolo Manoni, Servizi Informatici; Marco Buonocore, Editoria; Discussion; Vice Prefect Ambrogio M. Piazzoni, Concluding Remarks.

La Bible d’Anjou (Colloque)

COLLOQUE INTERNATIONAL : Miniatures and Music at the Court of Anjou Naples ca. 1340, M – Museum Leuven, Vanderkelenstraat 28, 3000 Leuven, 1-2 novembre 2010

Au cours des deux dernières années, la Bible d’Anjou a été d’abord soumise à une étude stylistique, iconographique, codicologique et historique détaillée. Des techniques d’études innovantes ont été appliquées à la recherche en laboratoire, à la conservation et à la numérisation des 338 feuillets.

Le colloque international Miniatures and Music at the Court of Anjou Naples – ca. 1340 dresse un tableau du contexte et de la production artistique à Naples au début du quatorzième siècle. Il constitue la clôture scientifique du projet de recherche autour de la Bible d’Anjou. C’est un forum interdisciplinaire pour diverses aspects de la recherche en histoire de la culture (musicologie, histoire de l’art et histoire du livre) autour de la Bible d’Anjou et qui étudie les interactions entre le langage artistique, le patronage et la réception de codex enluminés et le répertoire musical à la cour royale. Des experts d’instituts de recherche belges et étrangers sont rassemblés à Leuven à cette occasion (en savoir plus sur l’exposition).


Monday 1 November 2010:
10.00: Registration; Welcome Jan Van der Stock (Illuminare, K.U.Leuven) and Bart Demuyt (Alamire Foundation, K.U.Leuven).
Session 1 – Chair: Barbara Baert (Art History Research Unit, K.U.Leuven)
10.45: Lieve Watteeuw (Illuminare, K.U.Leuven), The Anjou Bible Revealed. Research and discoveries; Pierre Delsaerdt (UAntwerpen), Arras College Library Leuven. The academic habitat of the Anjou Bible for three centuries; Claudia Caffagni (Ensemble laReverdie – Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen), The Florentine Laudario and the devotional practice during the Kingdom of Naples at the age of Robert of Anjou; Pedro Memelsdorff (L’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona), Neapolitan music from Robert I to queen Joan d’Anjou: status quaestionis and new hypotheses; Discussion and questions.
Session 2 – Chair: Jan Van der Stock (Illuminare, K.U.Leuven)
14.30: Welcome Marc Vervenne (Honorary Rector, K.U.Leuven); Keynote lecture: John Lowden (Courtauld Institute, London), The Anjou Bible in the Context of Illustrated Bibles
16.00: Visit to the exhibition in Museum M, The Anjou Bible. A Royal Manuscript Revealed. Naples 1340
17.00: Reception in Museum M, Reception by Rector Mark Waer and Mayor Louis Tobback
19.15: Introduction to the concert in the Romaanse Poort, Leuven by Sofie Taes (Alamire Foundation, K.U.Leuven)
20.00: Concert Le Jeu de Robin et Marion in the Predikherenkerk, Leuven, Ensemble Micrologus led by Patrizia Bovi.

Tuesday 2 November 2010
Session 3 – Chair: John Lowden (Courtauld Institute, London)
10.30: Cathleen Fleck (St Louis University, Saint Louis), Patronage, Art, and the Anjou Bible in Angevin Naples (1266-1350); Alessandra Perriccioli (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples), Cristoforo Orimina: an illuminator at the angevin court of Naples; Josh O’Discoll (Londen, Britsh Library), The Carmina Regia by Convenevole da Prato (Ms 6, E. IX ); Discussion and questions.
Session 4 – Chair: Sofie Taes (Alamire Foundation, K.U.Leuven)
14.30: Victor M. Schmidt (Universiteit Utrecht), The Stuttgart Panel of the Apocalyspe: Iconography and Function; Nicolas Bock (Lausanne University), A Kingdom in Stone. Angevin Sculpture in Naples; Questions
15.00: Catherine Reynolds (London), Conclusions
16.15: Opportunity to visit the Anjou Bible exhibition with explanations by the researchers: John Lowdon, Lieve Watteeuw; The permanent collection of Museum M and St Peter’s Church.
19.15: Introduction to the concert in the Romaanse Poort, Leuven by Sofie Taes (Alamire Foundation, K.U.Leuven)
20.00: Concert (optional): Een Goddelijke Komedie: Welfen en Ghibellijnen in Duel in the Predikherenkerk, Leuven, Club Mediéval led by Thomas Baeté.

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