Medieval Art Symposium March 8 & 9 at the Meadows Museum

The Medieval World in a Spanish Context
Thursday, March 8 –
Friday, March 9

Organized by Amanda W. Dotseth, the Meadows/Mellon/Prado curatorial fellow, this symposium brings together international scholars on the art of the Middle Ages to explore the breadth of objects found within the context of Spanish collections, both medieval and modern. From Islamic textiles and metalwork to North African ivory, manuscripts of varied manufacture, and Scandinavian red deer antler, the materials and production methods found in Spanish contexts reflect the diversity of the medieval world.
FREE; advance registration is required. To register, please call 214.768.8587.

Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

TOP: Pere Vall (Spanish, active c. 1400-c. 1422), Saints Benedict and Onuphrius (detail), c. 1410. Tempera on softwood panel. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum Purchase with funds generously provided by Richard and Luba Barrett, MM.2017.01. Photo by Kevin Todora.

RIGHT: Unknown 14th-century Spanish artist, Catalan Liturgical Cabinet (detail), 1375-1400. Tempera, gilding, and glazed silver leaf on poplar wood. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum Purchase, The Meadows Foundation Fund, MM.91.07. Photo by Michael Bodycomb.


Consorting with the Enemy: Islamic Art in the Medieval Treasury of San Isidoro de León
Julian Raby, former Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Membra disjecta: Seville Cathedral Choir Book Leaves in US Collections

Christine Sciacca, Associate Curator of European Art, 300-1400 CE, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

The Removal of the Frescos from San Baudelio de Berlanga: Antiquarians, Heritage Management and Cultural Property Law

Heather Ecker, Visiting Scholar, Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University, New York

Medieval Iberian Textiles: From Treasuries to Museums

Ana Cabrera Lafuente, Marie S. Curie Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows/Mellon/Prado Postdoctoral Fellow, Meadows Museum, Dallas

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2:00-4:30 P.M.

Consolidation as Authority: The Medieval Treasury of San Isidoro and the Development of a National Narrative

Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows/Mellon/Prado Postdoctoral Fellow, Meadows Museum, Dallas

The Recovery of Historical Identity: Romanesque Art in the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Past and Future

Jordi Camps, Curator of Medieval Art, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Art of Medieval Spain in New York: Making Sense of a Fragmented View

Charles T. Little, Curator Emeritus of Medieval Art/The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of
Art, New York


Shannon Wearing, Affiliate, University of California, Los Angeles

Concluding Remarks

Therese Martin, Tenured Scholar, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid

Reception in the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall immediately following the symposium

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SMU’s Medieval Studies Department presents a special lecture by Therese Martin at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, Art Making and Code Switching in Medieval Iberia: Queens, Consorts, and Countesses. Lecture will be held at the Meadows Museum.

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