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October 1997 was marked by the launch of a new initiative at The Courtauld, the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts. Its primary purpose is to provide a focus and resource for research into all aspects of illuminated manuscripts. Its activities are directed by a small group: Dr John Lowden and Dr Susie Nash of The Courtauld, together with Dr Michelle Brown and Dr Scot McKendrick, curators in the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library, and Dr Rowan Watson, curator of manuscripts in the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum. In recognition of their association with the activities of the Institute Drs Brown, McKendrick and Watson were elected Fellows of The Courtauld.

During its first year the Research Centre organised a discussion seminar on Manuscripts on Exhibition, and Dr Lowden gave a public lecture entitled “An Image of Creation: The Bibles Moralisées, Blake, Paolozzi, and the British Library”. In addition a website was established and preliminary work was undertaken by Dr Erin Barrett, succeeded by Alixe Bovey, to establish how this facility might provide the most useful service to the research community.


During its second year the Research Centre organised two well-attended public events. There was a discussion on publishing illuminated manuscripts, which focused on three presentations: Dr Elly Miller (Harvey Miller/G+B Arts International) spoke on scholarly monographs on illuminated manuscripts; David Way (British Library) on illuminated manuscripts for a broader public; and Manfred Kramer (Faksimile Verlag, Luzern), on facsimiles of illuminated manuscripts. The second meeting took the form of an after-hours visit to the Department of Manuscripts, British Library, led by Dr Michelle Brown and Dr Scot McKendrick (both BL/RCIMS). They talked about the theories and realities of display, study and conservation of illuminated manuscripts in the new St Pancras building.


During its third year the Research Centre organised a number of well-attended events. In the autumn the Frank Davis lectures on the theme ‘The Illuminated Manuscript and Visual Culture’ were held as an activity of the Research Centre. They brought eight distinguished speakers from the U.K., U.S.A, and Germany. Catherine Reynolds (University of Reading), “Borders and Frames, Openings and Diptychs: Manuscript Design and Panel Painting in the Fifteenth-Century Netherlands”; James Marrow(Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), “History, Historiography and Pictorial Invention in the Turin-Milan Hours”; Annemarie Carr (Southern Methodist University, Dallas), “Presence/Absence: Illustrating the Gospels in the Era of the Icon”; Julian Raby (Oriental Institute, Oxford), “Illuminating the Way: the Scriptorium of Mehmed the Conqueror”; Richard Marks (University of York), “Illuminating Art History”; Sandra Hindman (Northwestern University, Evanston), “The Staus of the Original: the Medieval Manuscript in the Modern Age”; Eberhard König (Freie Universität, Berlin), “The Comedies of Terence and Virtual Theatre in the time of Jean de Berry”; Michael Camille (University of Chicago), “Illuminated Manuscripts and Scientific Culture in the Middle Ages”.

There was a Retrospective on the series on 21 February 2000, with papers by Prof. Eric Fernie, and Dr John Lowden, followed by discussion. On 17 May 2000 there was a visit to examine illuminated manuscripts in the V&A, led by Dr Rowan Watson, and on 28 June 2000 an all-day visit to examine illuminated manuscripts at Waddesdon Manor, led by Dr Scot McKendrick. During the year enquiries from all over the world were answered, and first steps were taken towards formalising links in a ‘research triangle’ with like-minded research groups in Lille (France; Prof. Christian Heck) and Leuven (Belgium; Prof. Bert Cardon).


During its fourth year the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts continued to organise well-attended termly public events. Dr Patricia Stirnemann (Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes/Bibliothèque nationale de France) gave a paper on “Current Research on Illuminated Manuscripts in France” and talked informally on how to get the best out of the BnF. Prof. Christian Heck (Université de Lille) gave a paper on “Illumination and Spiritual Literature for Lay People: the Ci nous dit at Chantilly (c. 1330)”. In June, twenty people participated on an all-day visit to examine illuminated manuscripts at Eton College Library, an event which was oversubscribed.

The year’s major activity was the long-planned first meeting of the research triangle formed with like-minded research centres at the Universities of Leuven (Prof. Bert Cardon) and Lille (Prof. Christian Heck). This comprised “Journées d’études sur l’art de la Flandre et de la France du Nord à la fin du Moyen Age”. The emphasis was on new research and new methods. The meeting brought together researchers at the pre- and post-doctoral stage from the three institutions, together with established scholars, for three intensive, exhausting, but exhilarating days of papers and discussion around a v-shaped ‘table ronde’ at the Studiecentrum Vlaamse Minaturisten, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. It looked at first as though in a magnificent spirit of mutual support the Belgians would speak English, the French would attempt Dutch, and the English would contribute in French. This proved too hard to maintain, and we gravitated to English and/or French. RCIMS was represented by Dr John Lowden, Dr Susie Nash, Dr Alixe Bovey (British Library), Ursula Weekes, and Deirdre Jackson, all of whom gave papers, and Elizabeth Cleland and Kathleen Doyle, who gave short presentations. The modest travel and accomodation costs were met, where appropriate, by a grant from the Courtauld’s Research Fund. We have high hopes for the future of this event (in Lille in 2002, in London in 2003), and for the possible development of ancillary activities.


During its fifth year the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts organised two major events, and began the organisation of two others. In November 2001 a group of fifteen scholars and curators of illuminated manuscripts travelled to the Musée Condé at Chantilly to spend a long and memorable day examining some of the greatest treasures of the collection, in particular the Psalter of Queen Ingebourg, and the Très Riches Heures of the duc de Berry. The visit was made possible by the kindness of Mlle E. Toulet (Musée Condé), and Dr P. Stirnemann (Bibliothèque nationale de France). It was a unique privilege. Both manuscipts are in superb condition, and the Très Riches Heures, so familiar through reproductions, has remained almost completely inaccessible throughout the modern era.

In June 2002 we joined our colleagues from the research triangle Leuven-Lille-London for the second in a rolling programme of Journées d’études, this time at Lille. The event brought together research students and scholars from the three institutions, together with a few invited guests, for three days of papers and visits to examine illuminated manuscipts at Douai and Cambrai, as well as at Lille. Papers were given for RCIMS by our committee members Dr Scot McKendrick and Dr Alixe Bovey (both British Library), and by Kathleen Doyle (CI). Dr Deirdre Jackson (CI) spoke informally about her research, and Dr John Lowden led the RCIMS team and presented some of the manuscripts. The event was as multilingual as its predecessor at Leuven, and the hospitality as warm and generous. It was hugely enjoyable and exhausting. Lille and Leuven were formally invited to London by RCIMS, an event tenatively timetabled for 7-9 January 2004, to concide with two major exhibitions of illuminated manuscripts.


In its sixth year the main activities of the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts (RCIMS) focused on the international conference “Under the Influence” held at The Courtauld, 3-5 July 2003. This comprised seventeen major papers commissioned from UK and overseas speakers, together with nine shorter contributions offered by younger scholars, the whole spread over three very full days each concluded by a reception. Speakers and delegates came from eight countries and represented fifty-eight institutions. The event was fully subscribed, and registration had to be closed in the week prior to the opening. Sponsorship was received from the British Academy, British Library, Christie’s, Courtauld Research Committee, and Sam Fogg. A publication (by Brepols) is planned. Organisation was in the hands of Dr Alixe Bovey (BL/RCIMS). Other RCIMS members also played a leading role: papers were given by Dr Michelle Brown (BL), Prof. John Lowden (CI), Dr Scot McKendrick (BL) and Dr Rowan Watson (V&A), and the final member of the steering group, Dr Susie Nash (CI) was heavily involved, not least as chair. The conference was deemed an outstanding success, and preliminary planning for a second event in 2005 with the theme “Illluminating Narrative” was commenced.

Additionally, planning was undertaken throughout the year for the Leuven-Lille-London study days (as part of a rolling programme of such events at the three manuscript research centres, involving research students and faculty), to be hosted by The Courtauld on 5-7 January 2004, and for a one-day international symposium in connection with the “Illuminating the Renaissance” exhibition at the Royal Academy on 21 February 2004 (again hosted by The Courtauld).

Informal discussions took place with the department of manuscripts at the Getty Museum to explore the possibilities of fruitful collaboration.

Under the Influence: The Concept of Influence and the Study of Illuminated Manuscripts
3-5 July 2003


REGISTRATION 10:30 – 11:30

SESSION 1 (11:30-1:00) Chair: John Lowden
Welcome: Jim Cuno, Director, Courtauld Institute
Alixe Bovey, British Library/RCIMS

Michelle P. Brown (British Library): An Early MedievalOutbreak of ‘Influenza’? Concepts of ‘Influence’, Medieval and Modern

George Henderson (Emeritus Professor of Medieval Art, University of Cambridge): Insular Art: Influence and Inference

LUNCH (1:00-2:15)
SESSION 2 (2:15-3:30) Chair: William Diebold
Lawrence Nees (University of Delaware): Godescalc’s Career and the Problems of ‘Influence’

David Ganz (King’s College London): Problems of Influence in the Utrecht Psalter

TEA (3:30-4:00)
SESSION 3 (4:00-5:20) Workshop 1 Chair: Donal Cooper
Cecily Hennessy (Courtauld Institute): The Lincoln Typikon: The Influences of Church and Family

Justine Andrews (UCLA): Crossing Boundaries: Byzantine and Western Influences in a 14th-century Illustrated Commentary on Job

Elina Gertsman (Boston University): Vir iustus atque perfectus: Saint Louis as Noah in the Miraculous Recovery of the Breviary Miniature from the Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux
The Painted Labyrinth: The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels
Treasures Gallery, British Library, 96 Euston Road.
SESSION 4 (10:00-11:15) Chair: Scot McKendrick
William Diebold (Reed College): The Anxiety of Influence in Early Medieval Art

Helen C. Evans (The Metropolitan Museum of Art): Pseudo-Bonaventura on the Euphrates

SESSION 5 (11:45-1:00) Workshop 2 Chair: Ursula Weekes
Dei Jackson (University of Bristol): A Work Like No Other: Alfonso X’s Cantigas de Santa Maria

Kirstin Kennedy (Victoria & Albert Museum): Evidence for the Islamic Source behind the Miniatures in Alfonso X of Castile’s 1283 Libro de Ajedrez, dados y tables

Virginia Brilliant (Courtauld Institute): From Monument to Miniature: The Relationship Between a Fresco by Maso di Banco (1336-1338) and Two Miniatures by the Maestro Daddesco (c. 1330s-1340s)

SESSION 6 (2:30-3:45) Chair: Joanna Cannon
Donal Cooper (Victoria & Albert Museum): Franciscan Art and Mendicant Manuscript Illumination in Italy: A Reconsideration of Iconographic Primacy

Robert Gibbs (University of Glasgow): ‘Sober as a Judge’: The Influence of Bolognese Law Manuscripts on Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Justice in the Good Commune

SESSION 7 (4:15-5:30) Chair: Alixe Bovey
Paul Binski (Cambridge University): Gilbert of Limerick and Lincoln: Edification and Influence around 1200

Lucy Freeman Sandler (New York University): Illuminated in the British Isles: French Influence and/or the Englishness of English Art, 1285-1385
Sam Fogg: Manuscripts East/West
15d Clifford Street, London W1J 4JZ
SESSION 8 (10:15-11:30) Chair: George Henderson
T. A. Heslop (University of East Anglia): Authority and Imagination in the Illustration of Terence’s Comedies

Patricia Stirnemann (Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes)& Anne Ritz (INHA): Cultural Confrontations
SESSION 9 (12:00-1:15) Workshop 3 Chair: Dei Jackson
Ursula Weekes (Courtauld Institute): The Interplay between Prints and Illuminated Manuscripts in Brigittine Convents of the Low Countries during the Sixteenth Century

Sophie Denoël (University of Liège): A 16th-century Book of Hours at a Cultural Crossroads

Brigitte Dekeyzer (K.U.Leuven): The Art of Illumination Versus the Art of Panel Painting: The Case of the Maximilian Master

SESSION 10 (2:30-4.30) Chair: Susie Nash
Scot McKendrick (British Library): Between Flanders and Normandy: A Case of Influence within Collaboration between Flemish and Norman Miniaturists?

Joyce Coleman (University of North Dakota): The Chevrot Cité de Dieu, Jan van Eyck, and the Irrelevance of Influence

Rowan Watson (Victoria & Albert Museum): Fit for a King? The Alfonso of Aragon Hours and Baronial Patronage in Late 15th-century Naples

SESSION 11 (5:15-6:30) Chair: Paul Binski
Suzanne Lewis (Stanford University): Spheres of Influence—Then and Now: The Bibles Moralisées and the 13th-century English Apocalypses

John Lowden (Courtauld Institute): Influence on/of the Bibles Moralisées

Support for this conference was generously provided by the British Library, British Academy, and Sam Fogg.


The seventh year of the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts (RCIMS) was the busiest yet. On 5-7 January 2004 we played host to our partners in the Leuven-Lille-London triangle of manuscript research centres (a unique scholarly collaboration). This was highly complex in organisation, as the French and Belgian students needed out-of-term student accommodation, but the organisers wished to take advantage of the two great manuscript shows that London hosted in 2003-4. All went well. In addition to papers by research students and faculty, Dr Alixe Bovey (BL/RCIMS) organised private views of the Gothic (at the V&A) and Illuminating the Renaissance (at the Royal Academy) exhibitions. To these was added a study visit to examine manuscripts at the V&A (hosted by Dr Rowan Watson [V&A/RCIMS]), and a half-day conference at the Society of Antiquaries “Gothic and Flemish: Manuscripts on Exhibition” with papers by, among others, Prof. John Lowden (CI/RCIMS) and Dr Scot McKendrick (BL/RCIMS), co-curator of the show. The event was held jointly with the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections (AMARC), and was over-subscribed. A one-day international symposium in connection with “Illuminating the Renaissance” was organised jointly with the RA on 21 February 2004. There were seven papers and a panel discussion, with distinguished speakers from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, and USA. The event, permitting an informed retrospective on the joint BL/Getty show(s), was sold out, and concluded with a private view and a dinner at the RA for speakers. The third major event, which grew out of disscussions at the symposium, was a half-day workshop “Illuminated Manuscripts in Focus: Technical Analysis and Illuminated Manuscripts” on 19 May. This brought together twenty-six specialists (curators, conservators, scientists), from Belgium, UK, and USA, representing ten institutions. Discussion was very positive, and it is now hoped to promote the project–to advance the scholarly understanding of illuminated manuscripts by a systematic collaboration of researchers/curators and conservators/scientists–as a joint venture with the Department of Manuscripts of the Getty Museum and the British Library. The project was discussed in detail with Dr Thomas Kren and Dr Nancy Turner (Getty), both in London and in Los Angeles. Throughout the year Dr Bovey played an indispensable role in RCIMS activities.

Planning for the second international RCIMS conference, “Illuminating Narrative”, 8-9 July 2005 is well advanced, and work on editing the papers of the 2003 conference, “Under the Influence” is under way (editor Alixe Bovey, publisher Brepols).

London-Lille-Leuven Study Days

5-6 January 2004
Monday, 6 January

9.00-9.30: Lille and Leuven will meet the RCIMS at The Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, Strand

9.30-10.00: Coffee at The Courtauld Institute, Student Café

10.00-11.15: Leuven Presentations (Chair: Scot McKendrick)
· Jan Van der Stock: The Centre and its Projects
· Lieve Watteeuw: Damage Assessment of Illuminated Manuscripts: the ‘Collection Flanders’ survey
· Anke Esch: Flanders’ Collection of Illuminated Manuscripts: The Making of an Inventory
· Brigitte Dekeyzer: A project on books of hours: the difference between the Northern and the Southern Low Countries

11:45-1: Lille Presentations (Chair: John Lowden)
·Christian Heck: The programs of Artes Research Center in Lille
·Valerie Gueant: Hubert Cailleau, enlumineur en Flandre au milieu du XVIe siècle
·Anne-Marie Legaré: The Master of the Dresden Prayer Book in Hainaut
·Marc Gil: Entre Picardie et Pays-Bas méridionaux, le premier maître des Heures d’Yvon de Cugnac (Toulouse, Bm., ms. 140, vers 1470-83)

1-2.15: Lunch in the Student Café, Courtauld Institute

3:00-6:30: AMARC/RCIMS conference: Manuscripts in Major Exhibitions: Flemish and Gothic at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
3.00-3.30: Registration and coffee
3.30-4.00: Janet Backhouse (formerly of the British Library): A Question of Compromise: the Choice of Manuscripts for a General Exhibition of Medieval Art
4.00-4.30: Eleanor Townsend (Assistant Curator of the Gothic exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum): Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547, Victoria and Albert Museum)
4.30-5.00: Tea
5.00-5.30: John Goodall (English Heritage): Manuscripts and Architecture
5.30-6.00: Scot McKendrick (British Library; co-curator of Illuminating the Renaissance): Making ‘Illuminating the Renaissance’: Conception, Collaboration, Compromise
6.00-6.30: John Lowden (Professor, Courtauld Institute): Medieval Manuscripts on Exhibition: Reflecting on Purposes, Practicalities, and Possibilities

6:30-8:30: Private view of Illuminating the Renaissance: the Triumph of Manuscript Painting in Europe at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House.

Tuesday, 6 January

9.00: Private view of Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7

10.45: Coffee at the V&A, in the Painted Room.

11.30: Dr Rowan Watson will introduce us to the V&A’s collection of illuminated manuscripts

1.00: Lunch (participants will find their own lunch)

3:00: Meeting & Seminar at The Courtauld Institute

· L-L-L organisers: meeting to discuss current and future plans and possibilities (seminar 3).

Workshop Sessions

Seminar 4

Chair: Doug Brine (Courtauld Institute)

3:00-4:20: Style, liturgy, and consumption

Raphael Coipel: L’orfèvrerie vers 1200 dans le Nord de la France

Lucy Donkin: Northern Italian floor mosaics: the relationship between liturgy and imagery

Beatrice Keefe: The Oxford Bodleian Terence

Delphine Jeannot: Les bibliothèques de femmes a la fin du Moyen Age

Claire Descamps: Maître Theodorik et le problème des cadres et des débordements dans la peinture de la fin du Moyen Age

4:20-4:50 Coffee break in the Student Café

4:50-6:00: Iconography and reception

Doug Brine: Netherlandish tomb sculpture

Jean-Pierre Demont: L’iconographie médiévale de la Philosophie

Alfonso De Salas: L’iconographie de sainte Anne a la fin du Moyen Age

Joris Van Grieken: Prints as Reproductions: Printmaking after Old Netherlandish Paintings, 1550-1650

6:00: London-Leuven-Lille
Celebration and Dinner
London Organisers:

Prof. John Lowden, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Dr Alixe Bovey, British Library


21 February 2004

Scheduled to coincide with the final weekend of the exhibition Illuminating the Renaissance: the Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europeat the Royal Academy of Arts, this colloquium invites leading art historians and curators to reflect on the exhibition and to consider the ways in which it has changed their view of the subject. The day concludes with a reception and private view of the exhibition at the Royal Academy.

The RCIMS represents a collaboration of staff from The Courtauld Institute (Susie Nash and John Lowden), the Victoria and Albert Museum (Rowan Watson), and the British Library (Michelle Brown, Scot McKendrick, and Alixe Bovey). We work to foster a spirit of communication and collaboration among scholars working in the field of illuminated manuscripts internationally through the organisation of seminars, conferences and colloquia; visits to see collections and exhibitions; and the exchange of research with our partners at the Studiecentrum Vlaamse miniaturisten in Leuven and the University of Lille.

Illuminating the Renaissance: the Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Illumination is organised by the Royal Academy, the British Library and the J. Paul Getty Museum. To find out more about the exhibition, visit and

This event is organised by the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, and has received generous support from the Royal Academy of Arts and The Courtauld Research Forum.

9:00 Registration

9:30: Session 1
Welcome, Jim Cuno (Director, Courtauld Institute of Art)

Objects and Personalities (chair: by Rowan Watson, Victoria & Albert Museum)
Roger Wieck (Morgan Library, New York): A question of attribution

Abigail Quandt (The Walters Art Museum) and Nancy Turner (J. Paul Getty Museum): The Technical Analysis of the Stein Quadriptych: A Preliminary Report

Anne Korteweg (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague): Did the Trivulzio Hours really belong to the Milanese counts of Trivulzio?

Dagmar Thoss (Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Wien, Vienna): Documentary evidence: help or hindrance in the study of Horenbout?

11:15 COFFEE

11:45: Session 2
Flemish Illumination and its Wider Context (chair: Cecilia Treves, Royal Academy of Arts)
Lorne Campbell (National Gallery, London): Painters, Illuminators, Painter-Illuminators

Stephanie Buck (Free University, Berlin): On relationships between Netherlandish drawing and manuscript illumination in the late fifteenth century

1:00 LUNCH

2: 00: Session 2, continued
Catherine Reynolds (Consultant, Christie’s, London; Visiting Fellow, G.C.M.S., Reading University): The exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum and at the Royal Academy of Arts

2:35: Session 3
Reflections and New Directions (chair: John Lowden, Courtauld Institute)
Thomas Kren (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; co-curator of the exhibition)

Scot McKendrick (British Library; co-curator of exhibition)

3:45 TEA

4:30: Session 4
Exhibitions and Scholarship: Past, Present, Future
Discussion chaired by Susie Nash (Courtauld Institute), with James Marrow (Emeritus Professor, Princeton University) and Jonathan Alexander (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)

Reception & private view of Illuminating the Renaissance: the Triumph of Manuscript Painting in Europe at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London WI (directions provided on enclosed sheet).

The eighth year of RCIMS saw two major events. As part of the rolling programme of the Leuven-Lille-London research triangle we were the guests of ‘Illuminare’-Leuven on 10-12 January 2005. Our activities were focused on Antwerp (Plantin Moretus Museum, and Mayer van den Bergh Museum) and Brussels (Royal Library). Six doctoral students from London gave papers, along with research students from Leuven and Lille). In addition to papers and discussion, John Lowden conducted a half-day seminar on a Bible historiale in the Royal Library for the London team. The second major event was the international conference ‘Illuminating Narrative’ held at The Courtauld, 9-10 July 2005. Eighteen of the twenty papers were by visiting speakers from five countries. The conference was largely organised by Dr Alixe Bovey, and was a great success. In addition, on 15 July 2005 RCIMS organised a discussion around two papers on ‘The Archimedes Palimpsest: Conservation, Imaging and Scholarship, 2000-2005’ by William Noel (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore) and Nigel Wilson (Lincoln College Oxford).

iLluminating Narrative: Visual Storytelling in Gothic Manuscripts

9-10 July 2005

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Registration and coffee: 9am
Session 1: 9.30-11 (Chair: Alixe Bovey)

James A. Rushing, Jr. (Rutgers University): Visualizing the Aeneid in Latin and the Vernacular: Two Modes of Manuscript Illustration around 1200.

Katrin Kogman-Appel (Ben Gurion University of the Negev): ‘The Firm Believer Discerned Thy Truth’: Abraham as a role model for the persecuted believer

Coffee: 11-11.30

Session 2: 11.30-1 (Chair: Kathleen Doyle)

Anna Russakoff (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU): The ‘Conversion of a Saracen’: miraculous images and visual narrative in the Gautier de Coinci Manuscripts

Henrike Manuwald (Universität zu Köln): Pictorial narrative in legal manuscripts? The Sachsenspiegel manuscript in Wolfenbüttel

Kyung-hee Choi (Pratt Institute): Visual adaptation of the foundation legends in the V&A Missal of Saint-Denis

Lunch: 1-2.30

2.00-2.30: Dr Mara Hofmann (British Library) will give a presentation on the British Library’s Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
Session 3: 2.30-4 (Chair: Kathryn Smith)

Will Noel (Walters Art Museum): W. de Brailes Makes history: The place of Walters Art Museum Ms. W.106 in thirteenth-century biblical illustration

Richard Leson (Johns Hopkins University and Walters Art Museum): Picturing the Life of David in the thirteenth century: The Morgan Library Psalter-Hours M.730

Tea: 4-4.30
Session 4: 4.30-6 (Chair: John Lowden)
Eric Ramírez-Weaver (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU): Perceiving William of Conches’ Arguments in the Dragmaticon Philosophiae: Philosophical continuous narration in a Codex from Madrid

Wolfgang Kemp (Universität Hamburg): On Thematic Narration

Reception and Private View:

Tacuinum Sanitatis: An Early Renaissance Guide to Health at Sam Fogg


Session 5: 9.15-10.30 (Chair: Lucy Sandler)
Kathryn Smith (New York University): Narrative Strategies in the Taymouth Hours (London, BL, Yates Thompson MS 13)

Alixe Bovey (Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts): Danish invasions, St Dunstan of Canterbury, and the story of England in the Smithfield Decretals (London, BL, Royal MS 10 E IV)

Coffee 10.30-11

Session 6: 11-1 [Chair: Mara Hofmann]

Alison Stones (University of Pittsburgh): Seeing the tale: the comparative picture in Lancelot-Grail manuscripts

Marie Jacob (University of Paris X-Nanterre): Evolving narrative cycles in late fifteenth-century French illumination: a study of the Romuleon manuscripts translated by Sébastien Mamerot

Inès Villela-Petit (Bibliothèque nationale de France): To enliven battle scenes in the Histoire ancienne: the example of the Trojan War in BnF. fr. 301

Lunch: 1-2

Session 7: 2-3.30 (Chair: Will Noel)

Sarit Shalev-Eyni (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Sacred and profane: The making of Jewish and secular illumination

Eva Frojmovic (University of Leeds): Narration and nation? Visual storytelling in illuminated Hebrew manuscripts in thirteenth-century South Germany

Tea: 3.30-4

Session 8: 4-5.30 (Chair: Scot McKendrick)

Lynn Ransom (Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia): Reading and misreading the Stein Quadriptych: Observations on the interpretation of a pictorial Vita Christi

John Lowden (Courtauld Institute): Visual Narrative in the Bibles Moralisées

5.30 – 7

Bennett & Kerr Books will present a selection of books to tempt delegates during coffee and lunch breaks on Saturday.

Registration includes refreshments, lunch and evening receptions.

The RCIMS gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the
Courtauld Institute Research Forum and Sam Fogg.

The principal event in the ninth year of RCIMS activities was a conference held at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Newnham College, Cambridge, in connection with the exhibition ‘The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Medieval Book Illumination in the West’ (10-12 December 2005) (see below). This was part of the rolling programme of the Leuven-Lille-London research triangle (our partners: ‘Illuminare – Studiecentrum voor Miniaturkunst’ dir. Prof. Jan van der Stock, and the ‘Centre de recherches en histoire de l’art pour l’Europe du nord – Artes’, dir. Prof. Christian Heck). There were eighteen papers by members of the three centres together with a private view of the exhibition and of the collections of Trinity and Corpus Christi Colleges. Dr Deborah Swallow generously hosted a reception for all participants. The event was sponsored by The Courtauld Research Forum, Sam Fogg, and James Marrow.






Cambridge University Library MS Ii.4.26, fol. 6v, Griffin, cat. no. 147

Sponsored by Courtauld Research Forum, Sam Fogg, James Marrow


Saturday 10 December

1200 Newnham College open to deposit bags
0900-1630 Visit second part of “Cambridge Illuminations exhibition”
(cat. nos. 144-58) at Cambridge University Library (N.B. last day of this display).

1500-1600 Guided tour through the Wren Library, Trinity College by
Joanna Ball, sub-librarian of Trinity College. Meeting point at 1500 in the Library, use the “Student’s Library” entrance.

1930 Buffet dinner at 6 Malcolm Street, home of Dr Deborah Swallow, Director, Courtauld Institute

Sunday 11 December
Newnham College

0900 Dr. Anne Margreet As-Vijvers (Leuven, guest)
‘Weaving Prayers for Protection: The Function of Rosary Images in the Care for Life and thereafter’

0925 Emilie Artu (Lille)
‘Recherches sur l’iconographie du Pèlerinage de l’âme en vers de Guillaume de Digulleville’

0950 Elke Noyez (Leuven)
‘Christine de Pisan’s Epitre d’Othea in the Burgundian milieu: study of ms 9392 of the Royal Library of Brussels. A brief reflection’
1015 Anne-Marie Barbier (Lille),
‘Le cycle iconographique perdu de l’Epistre Othea de Christine de Pizan: le cas des manuscrits Beauvais, BM 9 et Oxford, Bodley 421’

1040-1115 Coffee

1115 Prof. dr. Barbara Baert (Leuven)
‘The Magdalene antependium in the Feudalmuseum of Wernigerode, Germany. Image-building and spirituality around Mary Magdalene in the 13th century’

1140 Rémy Cordonnier (Lille)
‘Les diagrammes des manuscrits de Hugues de Fouilloy : une méthode
d’apprentissage de l’analyse exégétique’

1205 Liesbeth Kusters (Leuven)
‘“Don’t touch me!” The interpretation of Mary Magdalene and her (not) touching of Christ in iconography, exegesis and pastoral care. An introduction to the interdisciplinary research project’

1230 Alfonso de Salas (Lille)
‘Une iconographie complexe : l’Education de la Vierge. Ses origines et son développement pendant la première moitié du XIVe siècle’

1255-1630 Lunch (own arrangements)
Visit exhibition at Fitzwilliam Museum
Then back to Newnham College

1645 Kathryn Gerry (Johns Hopkins/London)
‘The Alexis Quire of the St Albans Psalter as Visual Argument for Liturgical Drama’

1710 Lies De Mey (Leuven)
‘The Saint Lucia Altarpiece of Domenico Veneziano (1445/7)’

1735 Vanessa Vaes (Leuven)
‘A Monument to Posterity. Interpreting Rogier van der Weyden’s Braque Triptych (1452)’

1800 Douglas Brine (London)
‘Image, Textand Prayer: the sculpted memorial relief of Jean de Libourc
(d. 1470), canon of Saint-Omer’
Monday 12 December
Fitzwilliam Museum
(seminar room/exhibition)

0915 Meeting at Fitzwilliam Museum (NB: Goods Entrance)

0930: Henrike Manuwald (Cologne, guest of London)
‘An Epic translated into images: a unique thirteenth-century manuscript of the Willehalm by Wolfram von Eschenbach’

1005 Dra. Dominique Deneffe (Leuven)
‘The importance of the Study of pre-Eyckian illumination for a better understanding of panel painting, exploring the situation in Brabant around 1400’

1030-1300: Discussion in exhibition, to include Dr Hanno Wijsman (Leuven),
‘New insights on the original owner and date of Fitzwilliam 165, a manuscript illuminated by Simon Marmion and Loyset Liédet’ (will begin in Seminar Room)

1300-1400 Lunch (own arrangements)

1400 Meeting at the Fitzwilliam Museum (NB: Goods Entrance)

1400-1600 Discussion in exhibition.

1600 Beatrice Keefe (London)
‘Ademar of Chabannes and a Leiden Terence (’
1625 Dra. Lieve Watteeuw (Leuven)
‘The Hennessy Hours (Brussels, Royal Library, KBR II 158). Travels, research and value of a flemish manuscript in the 19th and 20th century’

1730 LLL planning meeting

1900-1930 Dr Christopher de Hamel introduces the Parker Library
Meeting point: Corpus Christi College, Main Gate, next to Porter’s Lodge (numbers limited to 15)

1930 Dinner at Corpus Christi College, New Combination Room.


Séminaire LLL d’art médiéval – Lille – 20-22 Mars 2007

Equipe Histoire de l’Art pour l’Europe du Nord (Centre IRHIS – Lille)
Illuminare – Center for the Study of the Illuminated Manuscript (KU Leuven)
The Research Center for Illuminated Manuscripts (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London)


Art médiéval, manuscrits enluminés : nouvelles recherches et nouvelles méthodes

La septième rencontre annuelle LLL se tiendra à Lille en mars 2007. Destiné en priorité aux doctorants et étudiants en Master 1 et 2, cette rencontre est largement ouverte, en particulier aux étudiants de licence en art médiéval, pour les communications du mardi après-midi et du jeudi matin (exposés de 15 minutes, suivis de 10 minutes de discussions).
Par contre le nombre limité pour les visites dans les fonds de manuscrits nous impose des restrictions pour le second jour à Boulogne, et pour le jeudi après-midi.
Mardi 20 mars 2007
Université Lille 3, Maison de la Recherche, Salle des colloques

13h30, accueil
14h00, Introduction, Christian Heck

14h20, Laura Cleaver (London), The Textual Sources of a Liberal Arts Leaf in New York (Morgan Library MS M.982), made c.1160

14h45, Heidi Gearhart (Leuven), The creation of art and the creation of a persona: using Theophilus’ On Diverse Arts to reconsider the medieval artisan

15h10, Kathryn Gerry (London), Composite Manuscripts from the St Albans Scriptorium in the 12th Century

15h35-16h00, pause

16h00, Bart Fransen (Leuven), Une oeuvre peu connue de l’atelier de Rogier van der Weyden

16h25, Jozefien De Ceulaer (Leuven), The reception of the Mary-Magdalene from the Deposition of Rogier van der Weyden

16h50, Hervé Boëdec (Lille), Images et discours ” immaculistes ” dans l’œuvre de Jean Bellegambe

17h15-17h30, pause

17h30, Sophie Lamadon (Lille), Les carreaux à incrustations de la France du Nord (XIIIe siècle) et l’enluminure : quelles relations ?

17h45, Géraldine Victoir (London), An early fourteenth-century wall painting in a chapel of Noyon Cathedral: a shrine’s substitute

20h00, dîner en commun du groupe de travail LLL

Mercredi 21 mars

Présentation des manuscrits de Boulogne-sur-Mer
strictement sur invitation et sur réservation préalable (la réglementation
interdit la présentation de manuscrits à des groupes trop importants)

– 7h50, départ du bus, rue de Tournai (derrière la gare de Lille Flandres, face au Flunch)
– 19h00, de retour à Lille, visite spéciale, au Musée, des salles rénovées de l’art du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance (rendez-vous à l’extérieur, entrée arrière, rue de Valmy)
– 20h30, dîner en commun du groupe de travail LLL
Jeudi 22 mars au matin

Université de Lille 3, Salle Compré B2 (B2. 208), Bâtiment B

9h00, Stuart Whatling (London), Re-awakening the audience: Golden farts, wandering carts and other metalepses in the 13th-century Bibles Moralisées

9h25, Marina Toumpouri (Lille), La Création de l’homme dans le ms BNF grec 1128 (XIVe siècle)

9h50, Renana Bartal (London), The working methods of a fourteenth-century illuminator


10h45, Kate Dimitrova (Leuven), Turning the Pages: In search of manuscript models for the Zaragoza Passion Tapestries

11h10, Anja Eisenbeiss (Heidelberg/Lille), Taming magic. Supernatural power in late medieval german illuminated manuscripts and printed books

11h35, Simon Laevers (Leuven), Rewinding the future. Medieval painting at the pre-1940 world fairs

12h30, Déjeuner libre à l’Université
Jeudi 22 mars après-midi

Présentation des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque municipale de Lille
14h00-17h00, Séminaire à la Bibliothèque municipale de Lille, récemment rénovée :
– programme d’informatisation et de mise en ligne du catalogue
– présentation de deux ouvrages récents par J. Lemaire (2004) et M. Gil (2006)
– présentation de manuscrits
17h00, Conclusion et bilan du Séminaire ; annonce du séminaire 2007-2008


In prospect: Leuven-Lille-London, 8-10 April 2008 at Canterbury.

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