Illuminating Objects is a pilot programme of The Courtauld Gallery which aims to shine new light on unexpected objects from the decorative arts and sculpture collections, through partnerships with SOAS, King’s College London, the University of Kent in Canterbury, Imperial College and University College London.
Four postgraduate interns from a variety of disciplines have been appointed to work at The Courtauld Gallery in the upcoming year to deliver a series of focused displays around one object. These objects all have interesting stories to tell yet normally live in the reserves.
The point of Illuminating Objects is to dust off (sometimes quite literally!) these wonderful , unexpected and largely unknown objects whilst at the same time providing interns with valuable experience in communicating ideas and working to deadlines. Each object will remain on display for three months.
German Miniature Picture Bibles
1 May to 22 July 2013
This pair of German miniature picture Bibles entitled Dess Alten Testaments Mittler: Dess Neuen Testaments Mittler, was produced by two sisters from Augsburg in the late seventeenth century. They were most likely designed for use in private devotion. The dish has been researched, presented and interpreted by Josephine Neil, a PhD candidate in Theology and the Arts, at King's College London.
SPANISH LUSTRE DISH
6 February to 29 April 2013
This splendid luxury object is displayed on its own for the first time since it was acquired by the Gallery, as part of the Gambier-Parry bequest in 1966. The dish has been researched, presented and interpreted by Tanja Tolar, a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London).
Mount Athos Cross
30 October 2012 to 3 February 2013
The intern responsible for the first Illuminating Object is Dr Eleni Dimitriadou, who recently completed her PhD in Byzantine art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and is currently working as a Visiting Lecturer, in addition to her work as research assistant at the British Museum where she is cataloguing Byzantine material.