Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland Annual Lecture 2014


Romanesque Sculpture: Contexts and Perceptions from Lincoln and Pavia to Moissac and Saint-Genis-des-Fontaines

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Human, animal and avian figures decorate the Romanesque church porch
Entrance to the abbey church of Saint-Pierre at Moissac in the ancient County of Toulouse. Photo: courtesy of Peter Coffman.

Speaker(s): Professor Eric Fernie (Honorary Fellow, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Karen Impey and Jill Franklin

The lecture is divided into two parts, concerning form and content respectively. The first discusses what is special about Romanesque sculpture and how it could have arisen, with particular reference to its relationship to the buildings it adorns. This section also examines the theory that architectural sculpture was developed out of church furniture.

The section on content considers a number of examples, including capitals in the cloister at Moissac, carvings on the façade of San Michele in Pavia, and a relief on the Puerta de las Platerias at Santiago de Compostela.



Professor Fernie has held the posts of Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh and Director of The Courtauld Instituteof Art, University of London. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Society of Antiquaries of London (of which he has been President), and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. His books include The Architecture of the Anglo-Saxons (1983), An Architectural History of Norwich Cathedral (1993), Art History and its Methods (1995), and The Architecture of Norman England (2000). He has also published some seventy chapters in books and papers in refereed journals.



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