Art, Architecture and the Friars: New Work and Future Prospects

Friday 23 May 2014

10.00 - 17.40 (with registration from 09.30), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (tbc)

St Dominic and St Francis in monk's habit, and St Margaret of Hungary in nun's habit
St Dominic, St Francis, and St Margaret of Hungary. Giovanni di Bartolomeo Cristiani, Praesentatio electorum, S. Domenico, Pistoia (detail)

Speaker(s): and respondents include: Paul Binski (University of Cambridge), Claudia Bolgia (University of Edinburgh), Caroline Bruzelius (Duke University), Joanna Cannon (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), Erik Gustafson, Jeffery Hamburger (Harvard University), Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews), Amy Neff (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), John Renner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Janet Robson (Independent Scholar), Gervase Rosser (University of Oxford), Michaela Zöschg (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students, concessions). BOOK ONLINE or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating your full name and ‘Art, Architecture and the Friars’. In case of queries contact

Organised by: A Giotto’s O conference organised by Dr Joanna Cannon (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and co-sponsored by The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Research Forum and the History of Art Department at the University of Cambridge

The imminent or recent appearance of a number of books and doctoral theses focusing on art and architecture associated with the orders of friars in Italy provides the opportunity to reflect on basic questions. These new and forthcoming publications confirm the friars’ decisive role in shaping the visual culture of late medieval Italy. They also open up new possibilities for teaching and for research. Simply put: Where are we now? Where can we go next? Eight short papers, developed from the authors' recent research, will be programmed so as to allow ample time for the contributions of respondents and for wider discussion of issues in the study of art and architecture related to religious orders, within and beyond central Italy of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

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