Gothic Ivories: Content and Context


Saturday 5 July 2014, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Sunday 6 July 2014, The British Museum, London

Possibly John the Baptist baptising Christ?
Detail from a leaf of a diptych. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Speaker(s): Paul Williamson (V&A Museum), Danielle Gaborit (Musée du Louvre, Paris), Juliette Levy-Hinstin, (Conservator, Paris), Élisabeth Antoine-König (Musée du Louvre, Paris), Lydia Chávez (University California, Berkeley), Christian Nikolaus Opitz (University of Vienna), Katherine Eve Baker (Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris), Ingmar Reesing (University of Amsterdam), and many more.. (please see programme for full list)

Ticket/entry details: Available from the British Museum website: British Museum online booking

Organised by: John Lowden, Catherine Yvard (The Courtauld's Gothic Ivories Project), Naomi Speakman (The British Museum)

Jointly organised by The British Museum and The Courtauld Gothic Ivories Project, this event follows on from the successful 2012 conference Gothic Ivories: Old Questions New Directions (V&A-Courtauld). Celebrating new research on Gothic ivory carving, papers will focus on a wide range of topics arising from the study of Gothic ivory carving and Embriachi pieces, related to the themes of content and context. Themed sessions will be dedicated to questions of iconography, sources and original use and context, research into provenance, relationships with other media, ivory carving in the 16th century, history of collecting, from the 18th century to the 20th century.

The conference will also coincide with the publication of the catalogue of Gothic Ivories in the Victoria & Albert Museum, by Paul Williamson and Glyn Davies.

Launched on the web in December 2010, the Gothic Ivories Project has played an important part in putting Gothic ivory carving in the limelight and over 3,800 objects are now available online, from hundreds of museums around the world:

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