Fifty Years After Panofsky's Tomb Sculpture. New Approaches, new Perspectives, New Material


Saturday, 21 June 2014

10.00 - 18.00 (with registration from 09.30), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

effigies of Portugal's King John I and Queen Philippa (marble?)
Tomb of King John I and Queen Philippa
, Batalha (Portugal). Photo: © Jessica Barker

Speaker(s): Jessica Barker (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Marisa Costa (University of Lisbon), Martha Dunkelman (Canisius College), Shirin Fozi (University of Pittsburgh), Dr Phillip Lindley (University of Leicester), Professor Susie Nash (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Geoff Nuttall (Independent Scholar), Luca Palozzi (Edinburgh College of Art), Joana Ramôa Melo (New University of Lisbon), Christina Welch (University of Winchester), Kim Woods (The Open University)

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students, concessions). BOOK ONLINE or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating your full name and ‘50 Years after Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture’

Organised by: Professor Susie Nash, Ann Adams and Jessica Barker (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Tomb Sculpture will remain....among the basic works which determine turning points in the history of our discipline’. (Review in Art Bulletin, 1967).

The Courtauld Institute of Art is holding this one-day conference in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Erwin Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture: Four Lectures on its Changing Aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini, comprising the lectures delivered originally in the fall of 1956 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. Panofsky's lectures represented a new attempt to consider funerary monuments as artistic objects, charting developments in their iconography, style, form and function within the broader chronology of art history. Panofsky also emphasised the importance of tombs as evidence for changing (and sometimes contradictory) attitudes towards the deceased.

Examining monuments across Europe, from the Medieval to Early Modern periods, this conference will explore the legacy of Panofsky’s work as well as showcase the developments in research techniques and approaches that have led to new insights into tomb sculpture.

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