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Murray Seminar: Jerusalem and Rome on the Rhône?

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

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The next Murray Seminar will be given on May 7th, 5pm-5.5.50pm, by Alexandra Gajewski in the Council Room at Birkbeck's main building in Torrington Place (London, WC1E 7HX). 

Alexandra Gajewski considers one of the most enigimatic paintings made in fifteenth-century Europe. Since first coming to the wider attention of the public in the 1904 exhibition Primitifs français at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, Enguerrand Quarton’s Coronation of the Virgin (Musée du Luxembourg, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon) has been the subject of much scholarly attention focussing on questions of patronage and iconography. Its depiction of the Trinity, notable for the almost complete resemblance between God the Father and the Son, been the subject of much debate, but the painting’s detailed city views have received far less attention. This limited consideration is out of proportion with the length and detail accorded to the instructions for depicting the “world” in the famous surviving contract for the painting. This paper attempts to show that the city views are key to our understanding of the painting.

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