Gothic Ivory Sculpture: Old Questions, New Directions (Day 2)


Saturday 24 March 2012
10.15 - 17.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (with registration from 09.45)

The Courtauld Institute of Art

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Entombment (detail from a diptych fragment), French (Paris?), c.1325-1350. Photo: The Courtauld GalleryEntombment (detail from a diptych fragment), French (Paris?), c.1325-1350. Photo: The Courtauld Gallery

Gothic ivory sculpture, surviving in large numbers in collections around the world, has thus far not received all the attention it deserves. The Gothic Ivories Project, launched on the web in December 2010 (, seeks to promote research in the field by providing an online catalogue of surviving pieces carved in Western Europe from c. 1200 to the early 16th century.

This conference will celebrate the recent wave of new scholarship in the field and reassess the importance of these minute carvings for the study of medieval art.

This conference is the second part of a two-day Gothic Ivories In Focus event co-organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Gothic Ivories Project and Research Forum at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The first part will be held on Friday 23 March 2012 at the Victoria and Albert Museum (further information:

Please note that each day requires a separate registration.

Ticket/entry details
(for day 2 at The Courtauld): £16 (£11 Courtauld staff/students and concessions). Book online or send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating the event title ‘Gothic Ivory Sculpture ’ conference. For further information, email

Organised by: John Lowden, Catherine Yvard (Courtauld Gothic Ivories Project), Glyn Davies and Paul Williamson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Speaker(s): Benedetta Chiesi (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence);

Paula Mae Carns (Illinois University, Urbana-Champaign); Glyn Davies (Victoria and Albert Museum, London); Sarah Guérin (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Annie Kemkaran-Smith (The Wernher Collection at Ranger's House, London); John Lowden (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Ebbe Nyborg (Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen); Mark Redknap (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff); Julia Saviello (Humboldt University, Berlin); Naomi Speakman (The British Museum, London); Émile van Binnebeke and Vincent Cattersel (Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire/ Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst und Geschiedenis and KIK/IRPA, Brussels); Matthias Weniger (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich); Catherine Yvard (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

This event has been made possible by the generous support of the Research Forum, Thomson Works of Art Ltd, Ruddock Foundation for the Arts, and Sam Fogg

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