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'."