Robert Branner Forum for Medieval Art
Robert Branner (1927-1973) was an art historian specializing in Gothic architecture and manuscript illumination. Active as an excavator, he made important discoveries in the chronology and style of French cathedrals, incorporating cultural historical tools into the method of design analysis that had more traditionally dominated architectural history.
Branner is remembered through the Robert Branner Forum, a student-run symposium sponsoring lectures several times a year that are open to the public. The Forum originated as a series of visiting lectures organized by Branner's graduate students immediately after his death during the academic year as a way of continuing his courses. It has been supported by his family since that time.
All events take place in Schermerhorn Hall, room 612.
Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
"The Matter of Nothing"
Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
"Shaping Medieval Art for the Twenty-First Century"
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
"Hagia Sophia: A Space In-between Heaven and Earth"
Friday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
Professor Terryl Kinder
"Praxis at Pontigny: 900 years and counting"
Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Professor Ittai Weinryb
"Bronze and Conversion"
Monday, January 25, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Professor Sonja Drimmer
"A City Full of Walls You Can Post Complaints at"
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Professor Benjamin Anderson
"Monument and Narrative in Medieval Constantinople"
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
"Marvels in Making: 16th-century Boxwood Carving"
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Professor Caroline Bynum
"Crowned with Many Crowns: Nuns and Their Statues in Late Medieval Germany"
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Professor Dale Kinney
"Architecture as Image: a Case Study, S. Maria in Trastevere"
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Professor Robert Maxwell
"Prolegomena on Artistic Forgery in the Middle Ages”
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
612 Schermerhorn Hall
"of great size and ferocious appearance...": Medieval Monsters and Modern Monster Studies
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Louis IX, Robert Branner, and the Wall Paintings of the Sainte-Chapelle
Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
"In Its Extraordinary Arrangement": Hugh of Saint Victor, the History of Salvation, and the World Map of The Mystic Ark
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Building-in-Time: Thinking and Making Architecture in the Premodern Era
Marvin Trachtenberg, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
The Role of the Village Churches in Romanesque Architecture: Type,
Invention, and the Integrated Interior
James Addiss, Independent Scholar
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
The Craft of Royal Virtue on the Reverse Facade of Reims Cathedral
Donna Sadler, Agnes Scott College
Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
"Nothing Compares to Paris": A Reassessment of the Rayonnant Capital
Meredith Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Visualizing the Tomb of Christ: Images, Settings, and Modes of Seeing
Robert Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
'The Rock of the Church Is Standing on a Rock': Paulinus of Nola's Letter 32 and the Materializing of Scriptural Metaphor in Medieval Art
Peter Low, Williams College
Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Les portails sculptés de la cathédrale de Noyon et la sculpture du 13e siècle
Arnaud Timbert, Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3
Stephanie Diane Daussy, CNRS and l'Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Visual Pleasure and Patron Saints: Dress and Undress in the 'Belles Heures' of Jean, Duke of Berry
Martha Easton, Seton Hall University
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 6:30 p.m. (Rescheduled date)
Mater Cathedra - Mater Ecclesia: Imitation Formelle et Signification Politique dans l'Architecture du XIIe Siecle
Thursday, December 10, 2009
What's the Plan? New Work at Cistercian Ourscamp
Sheila Bonde and Clark Maines
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Viollet-le-Duc's Interpolation of Judith at Vézelay: Fashioning History through Sculptural Restoration
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Communal Palaces of Northern Italy
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Rereading Abbot Suger on Saint-Denis
William W. Clark and Thomas G. Waldman
Thursday, April 8, 2010
La Cathedrale de Bourges en 1313, 1842 et 2010 que « restaurer » veut dires?
Wednesday, May 5, 2010