Colloque : « La sculpture gothique en ivoire » (Londres, 24 mars 2012)

Gothic Ivory Sculpture (London, 24 March 12)

Explore a wide variety of issues relating to Gothic ivory carvings in this one day conference which will bring together both established authorities in the field and younger scholars!!! This conference is the first part of a two-day Gothic Ivories in Focus event. The Courtauld Institute will be hosting the second day event on Saturday 24 March, which requires separate registration through the Courtauld Institute. (For Courtauld Event please scroll down). Papers will range from focused studies of individual objects or groups of objects from a physical or iconographic standpoint, to wider contextual approaches that address the ways in which Gothic ivories were made, bought, sold and used. The thorny issues of authenticity, restoration and forgery will also be addressed.


10.00 Registration and refreshements
10.30 Introduction Paul Williamson, Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork,
Ceramics and Glass
Session 1 Issues of Facture
10.45 Keynote Charles T Little, Metropolitan Museum, New York
11.15 Reflections on the Question of Parisian Ivory Retables in the
first half of the 14th century
Elisabeth Antoine and Juliette Lévy-Hinstin, Louvre, Paris
11.40 Assembling Composite Ivory Carvings in Gothic France
Adam Levine, Courtauld Institute
The Ivory Alterpieces of Trani: French Art in Angevin Apulia
Marcello Mignozzi, University of Bari, Naples
Chair, Paul Williamson
Session 2 The Question of Germany
14.00 14th Century Ivory Carving in the Rhineland; questions of style,
centres of production and orderings
Andrea von Huelsen-Esch, Heinrich Heine Universitaet, Duesseldorf
14.25 Polychromy, Provenance and Preservation of German Ivories
Christine Kowalski and Harold Wolter von dem Knesebeck , University of
The Master of Kremsmunster: style, function and production
Michele Tomasi, Lausanne University
15.25 Refreshments
Session 3 Secular Ivories
15.50 Reflections on a group of caskets with romance scenes
Xavier Dectot, Louvre Lens, Paris
16.15 The Metropolitan Museum’s ivory panel with a stag hunt
Peter Barnet, Metropolitan Museum, New York
Concluding Keynote
Danielle Gaborit-Chopin
Audience Discussion
Chair, Glyn Davies, V&A
17.30 Close followed by a Reception

Comité d’organisation scientifique : John Lowden, Catherine Yvard (Courtauld Gothic Ivories
Project), Glyn Davies and Paul Williamson (Victoria and Albert Museum,


To book tickets for the V&A day event please call 020 7942 2211.

Price for the V&A day event: £45, £35 concessions, £10 students (ticket
includes lunch).

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