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Cambridge Medieval Art Seminar Series: Transmission and Communication

The University of Cambridge Senior Seminar in Medieval Art meets every other week during full term, attracting an impressive range of speakers from home and abroad.

The Department of the History of Art is pleased to announce the programme for the annual Medieval Art Seminar Series 2017-18. This year the seminars address the theme of transmission and communication in medieval art and architecture, with an emphasis on the movement of ideas, designs and forms and the methods by which they were conveyed.

Papers will be held on alternating Mondays during Michaelmas and Lent terms, with an additional session in Lent. The venue for the seminars is Lecture Room 2 of the History of Art Department (1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX), beginning promptly at 5.30pm. Following questions, attendees are invited to stay and speak more informally with speakers over wine and light nibbles. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Organisers: Maria Harvey and James Hillson Please email James Hillson at with any queries.



Monday 9th October

James Hillson (Cambridge)

Vectors and Dimensions: Transmitting the Gothic Style, 1200-1400

Monday 23rd October

Ellie Jackson (York)

Transmitting/Communicating Ideas: The Diagrams in the Book of Armagh

Monday 6th November

Laura Slater (Oxford)

Across Court and Cloister: Jerusalem in Europe

Monday 20th November

Jenny Alexander (Warwick)

Ciphers on Walls, are these really apotropaic?


Lent Term:

Monday 22nd January

Stefania Gerevini (Bocconi)

Artistic interaction as visual politics in San Marco, Venice, in the fourteenth century

Monday 5th February

Lauren Stokeld (York)

The Coming of 'Castle': A Loanword Love-Triangle

Monday 19th February

Costanza Beltrami (Courtauld)

Sharing designs: architectural drawing in late fifteenth-century Castile

Monday 26th February

Rob Hawkins (Cambridge)

The Projection of Space in the Later Sculpted Bosses from Norwich Cathedral Cloister c. 1410-1430

Monday 5th March

Amy Jeffs (Cambridge)

Spot the Difference: the eloquence of omission in matching image-cycles from
secular manuscripts of early 14th century England