Medieval Art Forum

Welcome to the Medieval Art Forum!  The Forum presents opportunities for discussion and exchange on topics of current interest to medieval art study.  All media, all periods, and all approaches are represented. Curatorial and conservation issues are also on the agenda, so as to take advantage of the exceptional resources of New York’s medieval collections, particularly those of the Metropolitan Museum, and of the Institute’s Conservation Center.  Events include traditional lectures and symposia, but the Forum organizes also discussions around pre-circulated papers, round tables with guest scholars, and works-in-progress.  Most of our events meet in the Institute’s seminar room, although the Forum’s collaborations with New York University’s Medieval and Renaissance Center (MARC) will occasionally bring events to NYU’s Washington Square campus.


Please RSVP on the events calendar for upcoming lectures.


April 4, 2018
Series: Medieval Art Forum
Speaker: William J. Diebold, Jane Neuberger Goodsell Professor of Art History, Reed College
Title: Displaying ‘German Greatness’ in Nazi Germany: The Middle Ages in the Exhibition 'Deutsche Größe' (1940-1942) and its Legacy

Abstract: Although it is not well known, the cultural-historical exhibition Deutsche Größe (“German Greatness” or “Grandeur”) was the most important museum display of the Nazi era. The show’s subject was the history of Germany from the early Middle Ages until the assumption of power by Adolf Hitler. Deutsche Größe was supported at the highest levels of the Nazi Party and its presentation of history was frankly ideological, but the show expressed that ideology through a series of ambitious and innovative display techniques. This lecture presents the exhibition, describes how it came about, and how it worked to shape an understanding of history that would serve Nazi goals. Special attention is paid to Deutsche Größe’s display of the art and culture of the Middle Ages, an area of history that was especially fraught and problematic for the National Socialists, and to the legacy of Deutsche Größe in several more recent German museum exhibitions (ranging in date from 1977 to 2006).

February 7, 2018

Speaker: Lucretia Kargère, Conservator, The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: “Romanesque Polychrome Wood Sculptures: A New Wave of Technical Studies in Europe”

December 7, 2017
Speaker: Manuel Castiñeiras, Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Music, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, 2017-18, CASVA, National Gallery of Art
Title: “From Spain to Italy: Myths as identity for Emerging Powers in the Medieval Mediterranean (11th-13th centuries)”

September 27, 2017
Speaker: Martha Easton, The Material Collective
Title: “The Most Extraordinary Art Museum in the World”: Inventing Medievalism at the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts”


March 27th, 2017
Speaker: Professor Jean-Marie Guillouët, Université de Nantes

January 25th, 2017
The Paul Lott Lecture presents the inaugural talk of the Institute's Medieval Art Forum 
Speaker: Charles T. Little, Curator, Department of Medieval Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: “The Art of Ivory in the Carolingian World: Assessing and Reassessing the Canon"

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