Courtauld Expert Lecture: The Art of Storytelling in 14th Century London
Tuesday 27 September 2016
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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Courtauld Institute of Art, WC2R 0RN
In the 1340s, a London lawyer acquired a substantial, second-hand law book, and commissioned an ambitious programme of images to fill almost all of its 600-odd margins. Most of these marginal images have nothing whatsoever to do with the legal text: instead, they take the form of lively narratives, recounting stories involving saints, sinners, romantic heroes, beasts and monsters. Known as the Smithfield Decretals (BL, Royal 10 E IV), this manuscript is an astonishingly vivid witness to the culture of storytelling in the London of Geoffrey Chaucer’s childhood. Dr Alixe Bovey, Head of Research at The Courtauld Institute of Art, will discuss this fascinating manuscript and reveal some of her discoveries.