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TIME CHANGED to 6PM: Material Images - the Metz Pontifical

Digital images have revolutionized our engagement with the visual world in general and the visual arts in particular. Whilst this revolution has brought many benefits, this lecture considers an aspect of images that is lost in digitization. 
This lecture focuses on the images in a weighty 700 year-old tome that was intended to instruct a bishop in the performance of his duties. The Metz Pontifical was made in Northern France, half of it is now in Prague, Czech Republic, and the other half is in Cambridge, England. It is one of the most luxuriously illuminated manuscripts of its type to survive. Work on the manuscript stopped in 1316 upon the death of Bishop Renaut de Bar, and its unfinished state shows the evolution of images; from drawings, through under-painting and gilding to finished images. The lecture will follow the blues. 
Spike Bucklow is the 2015-16 Ruth Garland Bowes International Visitor at the Stanford Humanities Center.  He is currently Senior Research Scientist at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, a centre for the conservation of paintings. His first degree was in chemistry and he made (pre-CGI) special effects for movies, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Following a PhD supervised by John Gage, his research interests have turned to artists' materials and their methods, as published in The Alchemy of Paint (2009), The Riddle of the Image (2014), and Red (forthcoming from Reaktion Books, 2016).



Tuesday, March 1, 2016. 06:00 PM


McMurtry Building, Oshman Hall, 355 Roth Way


Department of Art & Art History




Free and open to the public