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 2014:

Sasha Suda
"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.

Spring 2015:

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

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

Fall 2009 – Spring 2010