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Fourth Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Symposium: Medieval Sculptural Reception
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Leading scholars and curators of medieval art examine the uses of medieval sculpture—liturgical, paraliturgical, domestic, civic, private and public—and discuss the affective, social, economic, and artistic responses that sculpture engendered. Presentations also consider questions of influence on later works of art as well as the modern reception of medieval sculpture, including issues of display, museography, and conservation.

11/2/2012 to 11/4/2012
When: 11/2/2012
Where: UPenn and PMA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
United States
Contact: Robert A. Maxwell, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
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Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Free admission

9:30 am:  Registration

9:45 am:  Welcome

10:00 am–12:15 pm:  First Session

Sculpture in French Written Sources around 1400: Presences and Silences: Michele Tomasi, Senior Lecturer, Université de Lausanne

Claus Sluter’s "Well of Moses” for the Chartreuse de Champmol: Reproduction and Reception: Susie Nash, Professor, History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Perceptions of Individuality in Spanish Sculpture around 1400: Javier Martínez de Aguirre Aldaz, Professor, Universidad Complutense Madrid 

Response and discussion led by Jean-Marie Guillouët, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris 

1:30–3:00 pm:  Second Session

An (Il)Legible Capital from Moutiers-Saint-Jean: Kirk Ambrose, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

How the Drill Survived: The Reception of Sculptural Technique in Marble, Ivory, and Stone: Stefan Trinks, ST, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Humboldt University Berlin

Frigidity to Fire: Materiality of Ivory in Public and Private: Sarah Guérin, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

3:15–5:00 pm:  Third Session

Reaching Out to a Lay Viewership in 12th-Century Aragon: The Reception of Santa María de Uncastillo: Julia Perratore, Visiting Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

They Are All the Work of Artists (Jer. 10, 9):  The Romanesque Portal as Liturgical Performance: Manuel Castiñeiras, Professor, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 

Response and discussion led by Robert A. Maxwell, University of Pennsylvania 

6:30–7:30 pm:  Keynote Address: Van Pelt Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art  (Free ticket required)

The Art of Recycling: The Reuse of Medieval Sculpture at the Great French Gothic Cathedrals: Pierre-Yves Le Pogam, Chief Curator, Department of Sculpture, Musée du Louvre 


Van Pelt Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tickets $40 ($32 for PMA members), includes box lunch on Saturday and Museum admission Saturday and Sunday 

9:00 am:  Registration

9:30 am:  Welcome

9:40 am–12:45 pm: First Session

Lost and Found: New Elements from the Tomb of Philippe III (le Hardi) at St. Denis: Charles T. Little, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Au coeur de la polémique: la restauration des sculptures de la cathédrale de Bourges par Théophile Caudron (1840–1847): Fabienne Joubert, Professor Emerita, Université Paris IV–Sorbonne 

Discussion and coffee 

The Performance and Exposition of Medieval Sculpture: Peter Scott Brown, Associate Professor, University of North Florida

Sculpture from Saint-Martin:  Meaning in 12th-Century Angers and 21st-Century New Haven: Susan Ward, Professor and Department Head, History of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence 

Discussion led by Jack Hinton, Philadelphia Museum of Art 

1:45–5:30 pm:  Second Session

The Master of Rieux: Alexandre Dumège’s Procrastination and the Creation of a Superstar of 14th-Century SculptureCharlotte Riou, Curator of Sculpture, Musée des Augustins, Toulouse:

"C’est un saint qu’on ne fête plus”: About the Images of John the Baptist’s Passion in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Georg Geml, Universitätsassistent, Technische Universität Wien 

Discussion and coffee 

The Pagny Altarpiece at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Reception of Brabantine Altarpieces in France, 1500–1550: Yao-Fen You, Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Detroit Institute of Arts

Mid-thirteenth Century Parisian Portals: Between Liturgy and Symbolic Patronage: Xavier Dectot, Director, Musée du Louvre-Lens

Closing discussion, led by Jean-Marie Guillouët, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris; Robert A. Maxwell, University of Pennsylvania; and Jack Hinton, Philadelphia Museum of Art 


Programs take place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and are free after Pay-What-You-Wish Museum admission or with Saturday symposium ticket. Visit for details. 

10:30 am–2:30 pm:  Special Family Event: Art of the Middle Ages

Discover the wacky, wild beasts that adorn medieval sculpture in the Museum’s collec­tion, and create your own monsters in the Make-and-Take workshop. Teen docents demonstrate centuries-old art techniques and share fun facts about armor, stained glass, masonry, and panel painting at the Medieval Art Stops. Enjoy lively performances by Piffaro, the Renaissance Band.

10:30 am–2:30 pm:  Make-and-Take Workshop

11:00 am–2:00 pm:  Medieval Art Stops

11:30 am & 1:30 pm:  Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

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