Thursday 24 January 2008

Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art,
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2

This round table session will bring together postgraduate students and scholars working on a diverse range of aspects of medieval art and architecture. Speakers will present brief papers on focused topics to facilitate discussion about the role of geometry in medieval artistic practice. If successful, this session will mark the beginning of a series of events on this theme.


Tickets/Entry: All welcome but it is necessary to register in advance as numbers will be limited. For further information and to register please contact Laura Cleaver (




13.35 - 13.50

Laura Cleaver (Courtauld Institute)
The Art of Geometry and Medieval Education

13.50 - 14.05

Michalis Olympios (Courtauld Institute)
The Practical Approach: Geometry and the Medieval Master Mason

14.05 - 14.20

Tom Nickson (Courtauld Institute)
Arabic Geometry and the West

14.20 - 14.40

Discussion Part I

14.40 - 14.55

Stuart Whatling (Courtauld Institute)
Glass, Armatures and Postmodern Tosh

14.55 - 15.10

Marie-Pierre Gelin (University College, London)
Design and Composition in the Stained Glass Windows of Canterbury Cathedral, 1175-1220

15.10 - 15.25

Discussion Part II

15.25 - 15.45


15.45 - 16.00

Heidi Gearhart (University of Michigan)
The Boundaries of the Sacred: Geometry and Ornament in some Twelfth-century Reliquaries

16.00 - 16.15

Jane Heinrichs (independent art historian)
Geometry and Graphic Design on Folio 1*v Bible Moralisée, Codex Vindobonensis 2554’ (Paris 1215 and 1230)

16.15 - 17.00

Discussion Part III