Luhring Augustine will host a symposium exploring the collecting of medieval art through past, present, and future. Every surviving treasure of medieval art has a unique material history spanning centuries. These precious objects have been traded, preserved, restored, lent, gifted, and loved. The histories of collections and collectors yield valuable insights into art from the Middle Ages that enriches the private and public art collections of today. Speakers will include experts in the field of medieval art, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and other institutions.


The symposium is free to attend, but guests should RSVP to before Friday, December 1, 2017 to reserve a place. The event will include a morning coffee service and a drinks reception.


The symposium is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages (January 30–March 10, 2018) in association with Sam Fogg, a leading London-based dealer in medieval art.


For more information, please contact Imogen Tedbury,


10am - Doors open for registration and coffee

10:20am - Welcome from Sam Fogg

10:30am - Session 1: Collecting and Display

chaired by Dr. Sarah Guérin, Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Paul Williamson, FSA, Keeper Emeritus and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will consider the display of medieval art, from church treasuries and the Kunstkammer to the great 20th-century collections.

Dr. Timothy B. Husband, formerly Curator of Medieval Art at the Met Cloisters, will share his expertise on the history of collecting and displaying medieval art at The Met Cloisters.

12:00pm - Lunch and informal exhibition tours

1:30pm - Session 2: Collecting, Cultural heritage and the Art Market

chaired by Dr. Nicholas A. Herman, Curator of Manuscripts at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Dr. Martina Bagnoli, Director of the Galleria Estense, Modena, will explore the changing interactions of collectors, dealers, fakers and museums in 19th-century Italy, as restoration and cultural heritage were contested, debated and discussed.

Dr. Céline Brugeat, Research Associate at the University Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, will consider practical and sociological aspects of the global market for medieval art, from the romantic 19th century to the jet-set 20th-century.

3pm - Coffee and exhibition tours

3:30pm - Session 3: Collecting Medieval Art, Past and Present

Prof. Susie Nash, Deborah Loeb Brice Professor of Renaissance Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, will speak on medieval collectors and their inventories.

Sir Paul Ruddock, Trustee of the British Museum, Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, former Chair of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the most prominent of today’s collectors of medieval art, will speak in conversation with Dr. C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in charge of the medieval collections at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, on the subject of collecting medieval art today.

Dr. Mann will also provide the closing remarks.

5pm - Drinks reception and informal exhibition tours