corpus of romanesque sculpture in britain and ireland annual lecture 2012

The Mason and the Metalworker:  Imitation and Status in the Romanesque World

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

twelfth-century Romanesque cross
Twelfth-century cross at Dysert O'Dea in County Clare (Ireland). Photo: Roger Stalley

Speaker(s): Professor Roger Stalley (Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Trinity College Dublin)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Karen Impey and Jill Franklin

It is well known that Romanesque stone carving occasionally imitates metalwork, though the precise relationship between the two arts has proved difficult to define. In some cases imitation may reflect the initiative of local masons or even the intervention of professional goldsmiths, as some scholars have argued.  There were clearly many occasions when a desire to evoke metalwork came from the patrons themselves, the choices being made for religious or ideological reasons.  This lecture will consider examples of imitation from several countries of Europe, giving special emphasis to Ireland where the link between the mason and the metalworker was especially strong.

Roger Stalley is a fellow emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, where he was formerly Professor of the History of Art.  As a graduate student at The Courtauld Institute of Art he was first introduced to the study of Romanesque sculpture by George Zarnecki.  He has written extensively on medieval architecture and sculpture and is the author of seven books, amongst them The Cistercian Monasteries of Ireland (1987) and Early Medieval Architecture (2000).

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