Light, Colour and Veils

Saturday, 1 June 2013

10.00 - 18.00 (with registration from 09.30), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

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Mary Magdalene in silver coloured veil
Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, Mary Magdalene, about 1535-40 (National Gallery, London)

Speaker(s): Stephen Bann (University of Bristol), Jane Bridgeman (Central St Martins College of Arts & Design), Beverly Brown (Independent scholar), Mary Camp (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Chris Fischer (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen), Nicky Hamlyn (University for the Creative Arts in Kent and Surrey), Christopher Le Brun (President of the Royal Academy), Peter Mack (Director of the Warburg Institute), Gabriele Neher (University of Nottingham), Brendan Prendeville (Goldsmiths, University of London), Elisabeth Reissner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), and Paul Smith (University of Warwick)

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions: over 60). 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 ‘Light, Colour, Veils’. For further information, email

Organised by: Dr Scott Nethersole

This conference celebrates the on-going work of Professor Paul Hills on the occasion of his retirement from The Courtauld. It takes as its themes, three subjects which are central to the scholarship of his books, The Light of Early Italian Painting (1987) and Venetian Colour: Marble, Mosaic, Painting and Glass, 1250-1550 (1999), and his more recent publications on veils.  Although much of Paul’s research and teaching have focused on renaissance Italy, it has always been informed by interaction with artists and an engagement with the art and ideas of other periods. This conference, then, seeks to bring together artists and art historians, renaissance scholars and philosophers in a discussion of light, colour and veils.


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