ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-2012



Papers were delivered by the following speakers:

Renana Bartal (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem) ; Janet Robson (Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck College) ; Laura Fenelli (Warburg Institute, visiting scholar); Joanne Allen (Istituto Universitario Olandese, Florence, visiting scholar).


Janet Robson chaired an 'Open Circle' session during which short papers were delivered by Federico Botana (University of Reading), James Cameron (Courtauld Institute), Anthony McGrath (University of Sussex), and Michaela Zöschg (Courtauld Institute).


ACADEMIC YEAR 2010-2011



Papers were delivered by the following speakers:

Gervase Rosser (University of Oxford); Donal Cooper (University of Warwick); Lucy Donkin (Courtauld Institute); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute); Linda Pisani (Università di Pisa); John Farrington (Independent Scholar); Zuleika Murat (Università di Padova).

In the summer term Amy Neff (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) gave a public lecture, ‘Visual Forms of Franciscan Pastoral Care: The Humble Man's Wedding at Cana’.  She also addressed a joint meeting of Giotto’s O and the Medieval Work-in-Progress Seminar on the subject ‘Landscapes of Prayer in Franciscan Stained-Glass and Painted Panel: Cave, Revelation, Wound’.

Giotto’s O sponsored two linked sessions on the theme ‘Representing Poverty: Charitable Piety and Holy Models’ at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds. The sessions were convened by Federico Botana and Jessica Richardson who also both delivered papers, and chaired by Joanna Cannon and Jessica Richardson.


ACADEMIC YEAR 2009-2010



Papers were delivered by the following speakers:


Joanne Allen (University of Warwick); Peter Bokody (Central European University Budapest); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute); Stefania Gerevini (Courtauld Institute); Jill Harrison (Open University); Anthony McGrath (University of Sussex); Jessica Richardson (CASVA, Washington DC), Zoe Willis (University of Warwick).


In the summer term, a public afternoon session was held in the Kenneth Clark lecture theatre in which Julian Gardner (Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick) repeated two of his Bernard Berenson lectures (originally delivered at Villa I Tatti, and now awaiting publication), ‘Giotto among the Money-Changers’ and ‘The Lull before the Storm’.

During the year there was a visit to Siena, together with colleagues and research students of the Renaissance Section, to see the exhibitions Da Jacopo della Quercia a Donatello. Le arti a Siena nel primo rinascimento and Marco Romano e il contesto artistico senese tra la fine del Duecento e gli inizi del Trecento, at Casole d’Elsa.


Academic year 2008-2009



Papers were delivered by the following speakers:

Federico Botana (Courtauld Institute); Roberto Cobianchi (University of Messina); Donal Cooper (University of Warwick); Glyn Davies (Victoria and Albert Museum); Peter Dent (University of Warwick); Giovanni Freni (Index of Christian Art, Princeton); Francesco Lucchini (Courtauld Institute);  Diana Norman (Open University); Janet Robson (Birkbeck College).

A palaeography study day was convened by Donal Cooper (University of Warwick).  This very successful event may prove to be a pilot for future palaeography-related activities.

Two events were hosted jointly with the Research Forum under the aegis of the Writing Art History project: a round-table, entitled Writing about Giotto, with Laura Jacobus (Birkbeck College), Anne Derbes, and Mark Sandona (Hood College), chaired by Joanna Cannon; and a lecture The Patron’s Turn: Giotto, Enrico Scrovegni, and the Arena Chapel in Padua, delivered by Anne Derbes and Mark Sandona.

During the year there was a visit to Paris, together with colleagues and research students of the Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Sections to see the exhibitions Treasures from Athos (Petit Palais), Les primitives italiens (Musée Jaquemart-André), Les premiers retables (Louvre), and objects in the permanent collections at the Louvre and in the Musée national des Monuments Français.


Academic year 2007-2008



Papers were delivered by the following speakers:


Federico Botana (Courtauld Institute); Virginia Brilliant (Cleveland Museum of Art); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute);  Brendan Cassidy (University of St. Andrews); Donal Cooper (University of Warwick); Christa Gardner von Teuffel (University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance [joint meeting with Renaissance Section Seminar]);  Laura Jacobus (Birkbeck College); Gail Solberg (associated Colleges of the Midwest).

Two events were hosted jointly with the Research Forum: a symposium, Renaissance Siena: Studying a City and its Art, in connection with the National Gallery exhibition, with papers by Machtelt Israels (University of Amsterdam and Villa I Tatti), Luke Syson National Gallery), Fabrizio Nevola (Oxford Brookes University), and Philippa Jackson (Independent Scholar); and a lecture by Henk Van Os (University of Amsterdam), in the intellectual formation seminar series.

During the year there was a visit to the Renaissance Siena exhibition at the National Gallery, convened by Jessica Richardson, and accompanied by Jennifer Sliwka, one of the curators of the exhibition.  There was also a two-day visit to Berlin, together with colleagues and research students of the Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Sections, to see the newly-opened Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the Bode Museum, and to visit the exhibition Cennino Cennini, Fanatsie und Handwerk, at the Gemäldegalerie. 


 

Academic year 2006-2007



Papers were delivered by the following speakers:

Joanne Allan (University of Warwick); Peter Dent (Courtauld Institute); Francesco Lucchini (Courtauld Institute); Diana Norman (Open University); Jessica Richardson (Courtauld Institute); Frithjof Schwartz  (Universität Mainz) [Joint meeting with Courtauld Institute Medieval Section]; Anke Sievers (formerly University of Groningen);  Erling Skaug (Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo);  Anthea Stevens (Courtauld Institute); Michele Tomasi (University of Lausanne)

During the year there was also a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, convened by Glyn Davies, to look at an Umbrian Crucifix (late 12th/early 13th Century, Garrison Number 475) currently in store.  A two-day visit was made to Antwerp, together with colleagues and research students of the Renaissance Section, organised by Susie Nash with the assistance of Doug Brine, to see the Netherlandish Diptychs exhibition at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten/Musée de Beaux-Arts, to visit the conservation department; and to study the Simone Martini Orsini polyptych and other Italian works in that collection and in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh.

 

 

Academic year 2005-2006


people standing in front of an altar piece

Papers were delivered by the following speakers:

 

Louise Bourdua (University of Aberdeen); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute), Donal Cooper (University of Warwick), Janet Robson (Birkbeck College), Gervase Rosser (St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, [joint meeting with Renaissance Section Seminar]), Glyn Davies (Victoria and Albert Museum).

 

During the year Giotto’s Circle also hosted a demonstration of a virtual tour of the Upper Church of S. Francesco at Assisi produced by the Institute of Digital Theology, based at the University of St. Louis.  There was a visit to the Conservation Department of the National Gallery to view paintings from the Reunions exhibition, accompanied by Dillian Gordon and Simona di Nepi (exhibition organiser).  A two-day visit was made to the exhibition Geschichten auf Gold at the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, together with interested researchers from elsewhere in the Institute, accompanied by Dr. Stefan Weppelmann, the exhibition organiser.

 

 

Academic year 2004-2005

 

Papers were delivered by the following speakers:

 

Claudia Bolgia (Pembroke College, Cambridge), Virginia Brilliant (Courtauld Institute), Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute), Donal Cooper (Victoria and Albert Museum), Peter Dent (Courtauld Institute), Emily Howe (formerly Courtauld Institute, currently independent conservator), Amy Neff (University of Knoxville, Tennessee), Kay Sutton (Christies, Dept. of Manuscripts),  Janet Robson (Birkbeck College), Tom de Wesselow (Department of Art History, Cambridge), Lucy Wrapson (Courtauld Institute).

 

A day-trip to the exhibition Cimabue a Pisa was made, together with interested researchers from elsewhere in the Institute, and from the University of Sussex, accompanied by Michele Bacci of the University of Siena.