Cloisters Curator to Speak on Representing Medieval Spain

2021 International Center of Medieval Art, Forsyth Lecture (A Webinar)

Spain, 1000-1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith. Installation, Fuentidueña Chapel Gallery, The Met Cloisters. Photographer: Andrew Winslow.

Julia Perratore, assistant curator of medieval art at The Met Cloisters will present an online lecture, “Representing Medieval Spain at The Met Cloisters,” October 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. CT / 2:00 p.m. ET. Follow this link to register for the Zoom lecture.

Local Organizer: Jennifer M. Feltman, The University of Alabama, Department of Art and History, in collaboration with Erika Loic, Florida State University, Department of Art History

Communities of Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side in Spain for centuries, creating vibrant artistic traditions that often intersected. At The Met Cloisters, however, interactions between faiths in the medieval Iberian Peninsula have not always been visible. In the Forsyth lecture, Julia Perratore, Assistant Curator of Medieval Art, The Met Cloisters, will discuss the process of planning and implementing Spain, 1000-1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith, an exhibition which addresses this aspect of the museum’s permanent display.

Camel from the Church of San Baudelio de Berlanga, first half of the 12th century (possibly 1129–34), fresco transferred to canvas, 97 x 53 1/2 in. (246.4 x 135.9 cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.219).

For the first time since its inauguration at The Cloisters in 1961, the Fuentidueña Chapel gallery, which typically focuses on the Christian tradition, will present a group of works that testify to the diversity of Spanish medieval art. By telling a more nuanced story in this space, the exhibition demonstrates the ease with which objects and artistic ideas transcended differences of belief. Placed in dialogue with each other, the silk textiles, ivory carvings, illuminated manuscripts, frescoes, and monumental sculptures featured in the show reveal a dynamic, interconnected past that often mirrors the present. The exhibit opened on August 30, 2021, and will continue through January 30, 2022.

The webinar is made possible by the International Center of Medieval Art’s Forsyth Lecture fund with additional support from the UA Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artists and Scholar lecture fund.

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