Online seminar: 12 Dec 2022 [video] Members night
LINDA PAPANICOLAOU on Little Red Riding Hood and its Medieval Origins (starts at 0:53)
BOB NYDEN on Rebuilding Notre-Dame – an update (starts at 35:01)
Here are links to some of the sites he referred to:
Le chantier du siècle : de la sécurisation à la restauration (7 November 2022) [The construction site of the century: from security to restoration]
France24 Notre Dame videos, in English
On-going update website with photos and video links, in English
France Bois Forêt Transport et sciage des chênes d'exception pour Notre-Dame [Transport and band-sawing of enormous oaks], in French w/ French subtitles
Chapel restoration technique development, English subtitles
Sculpture restorer on site, in French w/ French subtitles
Stained glass restoration workshop, in French w/ French subtitles
EVELYN MCMILLAN on A brief visit to St. Mary's Church at Woolpit, England [Wikipedia link] (starts at 1:18:08)
Online seminar: 14 Nov 2022 [video]
ASA MITTMAN on Beast, Birds, and Bonnacons: The Medieval Bestiary.
Bestiaries are among the most entertaining of medieval texts. These manuscripts, crammed full of the familiar and the bizarre, seem to be little more than fun dictionaries of wild animals, but a closer read finds them to be jam-packed with the ideologies of their creators and consumers. The prejudices they encode are not the focus of the texts or images, but are slipped in around the edges, conjoined to seemingly harmless tales of hedgehogs and hyenas, satyrs and sirens. Presentations of bestiaries to modern audiences that do not draw attention to the biases embedded in these manuscripts run the risk of perpetuating them. This talk considered the delights and the dangers of bestiary manuscripts.
Asa Simon Mittman is Professor of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico, where he teaches Ancient and Medieval Art, as well as thematic courses on monsters and film.
Online seminar: 9 May 2022 [video]
BENJAMIN ALBRITTON, the Rare Books Curator for Stanford University's Special Collections, will lead us on A virtual tour of recently acquired medieval material at Stanford
Here is a link to the Special Collections website, if you wish to explore it: https://library.stanford.edu/spc
Online seminar: 11 April 2022 [this meeting was not recorded]
Kristen Herdman (Yale University) on Nuns & Needlework: Embroidery and Medieval Cloistered Women
During the high and late Middle Ages both men and women worked in textile production. From large commercial enterprises to small domestic projects, weaving, needle point, and other fiber arts flourished. Beyond the lay sphere, textile production in monastic settings also thrived. In particular, embroidery provided a medium for nuns to create objects of both monetary and spiritual value. This talk will discuss the types of embroideries produced by cloistered medieval women, touching on both technique, narrative strategies, and theology as we explore their compelling needlework creations.
Online seminar: 7 February 2022 [video]
BOB NYDEN on Some Old Things in Ireland.
Throughout history humankind has produced works tied to its various supernatural beliefs. This talk presented some evocative examples large and small from prehistory to the 20th century, embracing architecture, sacred objects, stained glass and even some paleography.
Ardagh Chalice: detailed description of discovery and object, Earl of Dunraven, The Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy Vol. 24, Antiquities (1873), pp. 433-455 (read February 22,1869).
Family Audio Tour: Song of the Mad Prince, National Gallery of Ireland
Díseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture (Harry Clarke windows)
Wikipedia: Loughcrew Cairns, Passage Tombs, Neolithic gold work, Ogham stones, Glendalough, St. Kevin, Ardagh Chalice, Book of Kells, Gallarus Oratory, Jerpoint Abbey, Harry Clarke, and all the rabbit holes that those articles led to.
Online seminar: 10 January 2022 [video]
From the book's abstract: "Perceptions of Medieval Manuscripts takes as its starting point an understanding that a medieval book is a whole object at every point of its long history. As such, medieval books can be studied most profitably in a holistic manner as objects-in-the-world. This means readers might profitably account for all aspects of the manuscript in their observations, from the main texts that dominate the codex to the marginal notes, glosses, names, and interventions made through time. This holistic approach allows us to tell the story of the book's life from the moment of its production to its use, collection, breaking-up, and digitization--all aspects of what can be termed 'dynamic architextuality'."