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Giotto's Circle Louvre 2Giotto’s Circle promotes the study of the art and architecture of Italy in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and encourages the exchange of information and ideas about these works among scholars, curators, and conservators, both nationally and internationally.

The circle was founded by a small group of UK-based researchers active in the field. We meet informally, two or three times a term, for discussions, seminars, handling sessions and visits. We also aim to provide a forum for a wider group of interested scholars. To that end we occasionally offer events for a larger audience: lectures, workshops, and day conferences.

We are currently building our e-mailing list and would be glad to hear from art historians, curators, and conservators who would like to be informed about future events. (Please send name, e-mail and postal address, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and brief details of particular areas of interest and expertise to joanna.cannon@courtauld.ac.uk.)

 

Archive of activities from the academic year 2004-2005 onwards

Academic year 2015-16

Papers were delivered by the following speakers:

Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute), Emma Capron (Courtauld Institute), Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), Denva Jackson (Harvard University), Anthony McGrath (Independent Scholar), Manlio Leo Mezzacasa (University of Padua), John Renner (Courtauld Institute), Imogen Tedbury (Courtauld Institute/National Gallery).

A handling session was hosted by Richard Deutsch, to whom we are most grateful.

As in the previous year, Donal Cooper organised a whole-day session of Giotto’s O, including papers, discussion, a gallery visit and a handling session, held in Cambridge in June. It was attended by scholars from London and Cambridge.  Study of a Sienese chalice and an Embriachi casket in the Fitzwilliam Museum was led by Glyn Davies (V&A); an Augustinian Gradual and a Dominican Bible were viewed in the Founder’s Library; and papers were delivered by Péter Bokody (University of Plymouth), Krisztina Ilko (University of Cambridge) and Maria Harvey (University of Cambridge).

The annual public event was a lecture delivered by Professor Serena Romano (University of Lausanne) on the exhibition ‘Giotto. L’Italia’, held in Milan, which she co-curated.

Academic year 2014-15

Papers were delivered by the following speakers: Mike Collier (Courtauld Institute), Julian Gardner (University of Warwick), Stefania Gerevini (British School at Rome), Jill Harrison (Open University), Laura Jacobus (Birkbeck), Liz James (University of Sussex), Bryan Keene (Courtauld Institute/Getty Museum), Beth Williamson (University of Bristol).

Thanks to the generosity and energy of Donal Cooper and Stella Panayotova a whole-day session of Giotto’s O, including papers, discussion, a gallery visit and a handling session, was held in Cambridge in June. It was attended by students from London and Cambridge.  Papers were delivered by Joanna Cannon and Donal Cooper, Simone Martini’s Fitzwilliam Polyptych was viewed, and a handling session with a wide variety of Italian material was held in the Founder’s Library of the Fitzwilliam, led by the Keeper of Manuscripts, Stella Panayotova.

A one-day public event, ‘Berlin Remixed’, presenting papers first delivered at sessions of the RSA conference in Berlin, was organized by Joanna Cannon and held in the Courtauld Research Forum Seminar Room. The twelve speakers were: Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings (Courtauld Institute); Federico Botana (Queen Mary, University of London); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute); Caroline Campbell (National Gallery); Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge); Paul Hills (Courtauld Institute); Scott Nethersole (Courtauld Institute); Eva Papoulia (Courtauld Institute); Federica Pich (University of Leeds); Alexander Röstel (Courtauld Institute); Janet Robson (Independent Scholar);  Michaela Zoeschg (Courtauld Institute /Victoria and Albert Museum). See the Research Forum online archive for abstracts of the papers.

Academic year 2013-2014

Papers were delivered by the following speakers:

Guido da Siena pinnacle panel study session in the Courtauld Gallery

Guido da Siena Coronation of the Virgin handling session in the Courtauld Gallery

Federico Botana (Queen Mary, University of London), Peter Dent (University of Bristol), Julian Gardner (University of Warwick), Dillian Gordon (National Gallery, Emeritus), Kayoko Ichikawa (University of Warwick), Zuleika Murat (University of Padua/University of Warwick), John Renner (Courtauld Institute), Michaela Zöschg (Courtauld Institute). Round-table discussion of the recent exhibition Giotto e compagni at the Louvre. Opening remarks by Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge).

Two handling sessions, organised by Karen Serres (Curator, Courtauld Gallery) were held in the Courtauld’s Department of Conservation and Technology: Spinello Aretino’s Nativity, led by Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), and Guido da Siena’s Coronation of the Virgin, led by Kayoko Ichikawa (University of Warwick).

A one-day international conference, ‘Art, Architecture and the Friars: New Work and Future Prospects’, organised by Joanna Cannon, was hosted by the Courtauld Research Forum, with the support of the Department of Art History, University of Cambridge.  The speakers were: Claudia Bolgia (University of Edinburgh), Caroline Bruzelius (Duke University), Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), Erik Gustafson, Amy Neff (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), John Renner (Courtauld Institute), Janet Robson (Independent Scholar), Michaela Zöschg (Courtauld Institute). Chairs and respondents were: Paul Binski (University of Cambridge), Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute) Jeffery Hamburger (Harvard University), Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews), Gervase Rosser (University of Oxford).

Academic year 2012-2013

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Examining a cross by the Master of St Francis in the Louvre

Papers were delivered by the following speakers: Joanne Anderson (University of Warwick), Claudia Bolgia (University of Edinburgh), Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute), James Cameron (Courtauld Institute), Caroline Campbell (National Gallery), Ingrid Dixon (Independent Scholar), Dillian Gordon (National Gallery, Emeritus), Kayoko Ichikawa (University of Warwick), Bram Kempers (University of Amsterdam, joint event with Courtauld Renaissance Seminar), Anthony McGrath (University of Sussex), Stella Panayotova (Fitzwilliam Museum, joint event with Medieval Work-in-Progress Seminar), John Renner (Courtauld Institute), Jessica Richardson (Villa I Tatti).

Visit to Louvre exhibition, Giotto e Compagni (with financial support from Sam Fogg).

Academic year 2011-2012

Papers were delivered by the following speakers:
Renana Bartal (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem) ; Janet Robson (Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck College) ; Laura Fenelli (Warburg Institute, visiting scholar); Joanne Allen (Istituto Universitario Olandese, Florence, visiting scholar).

Janet Robson chaired an ‘Open Circle’ session during which short papers were delivered by Federico Botana (University of Reading), James A. Cameron (Courtauld Institute), Anthony McGrath (University of Sussex), and Michaela Zöschg (Courtauld Institute).

Academic year 2010-2011

Papers were delivered by the following speakers:
Gervase Rosser (University of Oxford); Donal Cooper (University of Warwick); Lucy Donkin (Courtauld Institute); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute); Linda Pisani (Università di Pisa); John Farrington (Independent Scholar); Zuleika Murat (Università di Padova).

In the summer term Amy Neff (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) gave a public lecture, ‘Visual Forms of Franciscan Pastoral Care: The Humble Man’s Wedding at Cana’.  She also addressed a joint meeting of Giotto’s O and the Medieval Work-in-Progress Seminar on the subject ‘Landscapes of Prayer in Franciscan Stained-Glass and Painted Panel: Cave, Revelation, Wound’.

Giotto’s O sponsored two linked sessions on the theme ‘Representing Poverty: Charitable Piety and Holy Models’ at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds. The sessions were convened by Federico Botana and Jessica Richardson who also both delivered papers, and chaired by Joanna Cannon and Jessica Richardson.

Academic year 2009-2010

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Papers were delivered by the following speakers:
Joanne Allen (University of Warwick); Peter Bokody (Central European University Budapest); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute); Stefania Gerevini (Courtauld Institute); Jill Harrison (Open University); Anthony McGrath (University of Sussex); Jessica Richardson (CASVA, Washington DC), Zoe Willis (University of Warwick).

In the summer term, a public afternoon session was held in the Kenneth Clark lecture theatre in which Julian Gardner (Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick) repeated two of his Bernard Berenson lectures (originally delivered at Villa I Tatti, and now awaiting publication), ‘Giotto among the Money-Changers’ and ‘The Lull before the Storm’.

During the year there was a visit to Siena, together with colleagues and research students of the Renaissance Section, to see the exhibitions Da Jacopo della Quercia a Donatello. Le arti a Siena nel primo rinascimento and Marco Romano e il contesto artistico senese tra la fine del Duecento e gli inizi del Trecento, at Casole d’Elsa.

Academic year 2008-2009

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Papers were delivered by the following speakers:
Federico Botana (Courtauld Institute); Roberto Cobianchi (University of Messina); Donal Cooper (University of Warwick); Glyn Davies (Victoria and Albert Museum); Peter Dent (University of Warwick); Giovanni Freni (Index of Christian Art, Princeton); Francesco Lucchini (Courtauld Institute);  Diana Norman (Open University); Janet Robson (Birkbeck College).

A palaeography study day was convened by Donal Cooper (University of Warwick).  This very successful event may prove to be a pilot for future palaeography-related activities.

Two events were hosted jointly with the Research Forum under the aegis of the Writing Art History project: a round-table, entitled Writing about Giotto, with Laura Jacobus (Birkbeck College), Anne Derbes, and Mark Sandona (Hood College), chaired by Joanna Cannon; and a lecture The Patron’s Turn: Giotto, Enrico Scrovegni, and the Arena Chapel in Padua, delivered by Anne Derbes and Mark Sandona.

During the year there was a visit to Paris, together with colleagues and research students of the Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Sections to see the exhibitions Treasures from Athos (Petit Palais), Les primitives italiens (Musée Jaquemart-André), Les premiers retables (Louvre), and objects in the permanent collections at the Louvre and in the Musée national des Monuments Français.

Academic year 2007-2008

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Papers were delivered by the following speakers:
Federico Botana (Courtauld Institute); Virginia Brilliant (Cleveland Museum of Art); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute);  Brendan Cassidy (University of St. Andrews); Donal Cooper (University of Warwick); Christa Gardner von Teuffel (University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance [joint meeting with Renaissance Section Seminar]);  Laura Jacobus (Birkbeck College); Gail Solberg (associated Colleges of the Midwest).

Two events were hosted jointly with the Research Forum: a symposium, Renaissance Siena: Studying a City and its Art, in connection with the National Gallery exhibition, with papers by Machtelt Israels (University of Amsterdam and Villa I Tatti), Luke Syson National Gallery), Fabrizio Nevola (Oxford Brookes University), and Philippa Jackson (Independent Scholar); and a lecture by Henk Van Os (University of Amsterdam), in the intellectual formation seminar series.

During the year there was a visit to the Renaissance Siena exhibition at the National Gallery, convened by Jessica Richardson, and accompanied by Jennifer Sliwka, one of the curators of the exhibition.  There was also a two-day visit to Berlin, together with colleagues and research students of the Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Sections, to see the newly-opened Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the Bode Museum, and to visit the exhibition Cennino Cennini, Fanatsie und Handwerk, at the Gemäldegalerie.

Academic year 2006-2007

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Papers were delivered by the following speakers:
Joanne Allen (University of Warwick); Peter Dent (Courtauld Institute); Francesco Lucchini (Courtauld Institute); Diana Norman (Open University); Jessica Richardson (Courtauld Institute); Frithjof Schwartz  (Universität Mainz) [Joint meeting with Courtauld Institute Medieval Section]; Anke Sievers (formerly University of Groningen);  Erling Skaug (Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo);  Anthea Stevens (Courtauld Institute); Michele Tomasi (University of Lausanne)

During the year there was also a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, convened by Glyn Davies, to look at an Umbrian Crucifix (late 12th/early 13th Century, Garrison Number 475) currently in store.  A two-day visit was made to Antwerp, together with colleagues and research students of the Renaissance Section, organised by Susie Nash with the assistance of Doug Brine, to see the Netherlandish Diptychs exhibition at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten/Musée de Beaux-Arts, to visit the conservation department; and to study the Simone Martini Orsini polyptych and other Italian works in that collection and in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh.

Academic year 2005-2006

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Papers were delivered by the following speakers:
Louise Bourdua (University of Aberdeen); Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute), Donal Cooper (University of Warwick), Janet Robson (Birkbeck College), Gervase Rosser (St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, [joint meeting with Renaissance Section Seminar]), Glyn Davies (Victoria and Albert Museum).

During the year Giotto’s Circle also hosted a demonstration of a virtual tour of the Upper Church of S. Francesco at Assisi produced by the Institute of Digital Theology, based at the University of St. Louis.  There was a visit to the Conservation Department of the National Gallery to view paintings from the Reunions exhibition, accompanied by Dillian Gordon and Simona di Nepi (exhibition organiser).  A two-day visit was made to the exhibition Geschichten auf Gold at the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, together with interested researchers from elsewhere in the Institute, accompanied by Dr. Stefan Weppelmann, the exhibition organiser.

Academic year 2004-2005

Papers were delivered by the following speakers:
Claudia Bolgia (Pembroke College, Cambridge), Virginia Brilliant (Courtauld Institute), Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute), Donal Cooper (Victoria and Albert Museum), Peter Dent (Courtauld Institute), Emily Howe (formerly Courtauld Institute, currently independent conservator), Amy Neff (University of Knoxville, Tennessee), Kay Sutton (Christies, Dept. of Manuscripts),  Janet Robson (Birkbeck College), Tom de Wesselow (Department of Art History, Cambridge), Lucy Wrapson (Courtauld Institute).

A day-trip to the exhibition Cimabue a Pisa was made, together with interested researchers from elsewhere in the Institute, and from the University of Sussex, accompanied by Michele Bacci of the University of Siena.

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