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Collecting Medieval Art: Past, Present and Future: A Symposium

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 Wednesday, December 20, 2017 to reserve a place. The event will include a morning coffee service.


The symposium is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages (January 27–March 10, 2018) in association with Sam Fogg, a leading London-based dealer in medieval art.


For more information, please contact Imogen Tedbury,


9:30 am Doors open for registration and coffee

9:45 am Welcome from Sam Fogg


Session 1: Collecting and Display

chaired by Dr Sarah GuérinAssistant Professor, Department of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania

10 am Dr Paul WilliamsonFSA, Keeper Emeritus and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum

‘Showing collections of medieval art: strategies of display, from private to public’

10:30am Dr Timothy B. HusbandCurator Emeritus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 ‘Collecting Medieval Art for The Cloisters: the three that got away’

 11 am questions and discussion


11:30am Coffee


Session 2: Collecting and Cultural Heritage

chaired by Imogen TedburyJ. Clawson Mills Fellow at The Metropolitan Musuem of Art

11:45am Dr Martina BagnoliDirector of the Galleria Estense, Modena

‘The formation of the museum system in Modena at the end of the 19th century and the place of medieval art'

12:15pm Jack HintonAssistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art  and Dr Amy GilletteThe Barnes Foundation

‘“A study close at hand of these fine examples of Gothic decoration”: the collecting, interpretation and display of the Taylor collection of English medieval woodcarvings’

12:45pm questions and discussion


1:15pm Lunch and Chance to view the exhibition at Luhring Augustine


Session 3: Collecting Medieval Art, Past and Present

chaired by Professor Susie NashDeborah Loeb Brice Professor of Renaissance Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art

2:30pm Dr Nicholas A. Herman, Curator of Manuscripts at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

'Lewis V. Randall: Collecting and teaching medieval art between Frankfurt, Basel, and Montreal'

3 pm Sir Paul RuddockTrustee 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, and Dr C. Griffith MannMichel David-Weill Curator in charge of the medieval collections at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters

‘In Conversation: Collecting Medieval Art Today’

3:30 pm questions and discussion


 3:50pm closing remarks from Dr C.Griffith Mann


4pm Chance to view the exhibition at Luhring Augustine


SVA Theater

333 West 23rd Street

New York, NY 10011