a detail from a painting

The London Renaissance Consortium has been established to take advantage of the wealth of Renaissance teaching and research in London and to create a network through which information about seminars and Renaissance events can be shared. The consortium intends to facilitate a community amongst the researchers, teachers and students active in this field of study.

The consortium circulates regular email bulletins to its members providing a calendar of Renaissance seminars taking place across London. Examples of events that the London Renaissance Consortium have hosted include: an event on which brought together teachers and students with a panel discussion that asked the question, ‘What does interdisciplinarity mean to your research?’; and a postgraduate student study day at the Victoria and Albert Museum, focusing on the new Medieval and Renaissance permanent galleries, that included seminars led by gallery professionals, object-handling sessions and open discussions surrounding museum, research and exhibition issues. In July 2011 the Consortium co-organised a symposium to mark the opening of the exhibition Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500, with the Material Life of Things Project at the Courtauld, and in collaboration with the National Gallery, UCL and the University of York. 

In April 2012, the Consortium held the First Annual Renaissance Postgraduate Symposium, entitled 'Beyond the Frame: portraits and personal experience in Renaissance Europe c.1400-c.1650', attracting international speakers of high quality, and a remarkably high audience turnout despite horrible weather on the day!

2013/14, the London Renaissance Consortium is excited to be working alongside and new AHRC-funded project - Renaissance Art and Music (RA&M):


Renaissance Art and Music is an interdisciplinary collaborative project, which sees The Courtauld Institute of Art working together with Royal Holloway, University of London's musicology department to explore the relationship between art and music in this period (c.1400 - 1550), and how it can best be studied and presented. Please see the Royal Holloway press release.

Please see the website and Facebook page for further information such as an events calendar, blog posts from the organisers and guest contributors, and a forum for discussion and information sharing.

Participating Institutions:

Birkbeck College

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Queen Mary

Royal Holloway

University College London

Victoria & Albert Museum/Royal College of Art

For further information or to sign up for email bulletins of forthcoming events please contact renaissance.consortium@courtauld.ac.uk and include ‘London Renaissance Consortium’ in the subject line.