Studies in Art

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“I saw oranges and lemons from Castile … fruits and wine from Greece … I saw also confections and spices from Alexandria, and all the Levant, just as if one were there”. (Pero Tafur on a visit to Bruges in 1438)

This course will look at patterns of trade, systems of finance, the great commercial centres of Europe and the role of the merchant as well as the impact of trade on cultural and artistic traditions in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.


Tuesday 29 January 2008

10.30am
Travellers and Travelling in the Later Middle Ages
Dr. Catherine Reynolds, Visiting Fellow of Reading University and Consultant to Christie’s

12.00noon
The Financing of Trade
Peter Spufford, Emeritus Professor of European History, University of Cambridge

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Venice and the East
Dr Paula Nuttall, Course Tutor, Victoria & Albert Museum


Tuesday 5 February 2008

10.30am
Bruges: “The meeting place of all the world”
Dr Paula Nuttall, Course Tutor, Victoria & Albert Museum

12.00noon
Wool, Cloth, Gold and Silver
Professor Jim Bolton, History Department, Queen Mary University of London

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Books by the Barrelful
Dr. Catherine Reynolds, Visiting Fellow of Reading University and Consultant to Christie’s


Tuesday 12 February 2008

10.30am
England and the Hanse
Dr. Stuart Jenks, University of Erlangen

12.00noon
Marketing Medieval Silks
Lisa Monnas

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
“The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls”: Netherlandish Tapestries in England in the Fifteenth Century
Dr. Scot McKendrick, Head of Western Manuscripts, British Library


Tuesday 19 February 2008

10.30am
Grocers, Apothecaries and the Painters’ World
Jo Kirby, Scientific Department, The National Gallery

12.00noon
Exporting Alabasters
Dr. Catherine Oakes, Director of Studies in Art History, University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
“A Far Adventure”: England’s Commercial Contacts in the Middle Ages.
Professor Wendy R. Childs, University of Leeds