16
May 2018

REVERED ROCKS: LAPIS LAZULI, PORPHYRY AND ROCK CRYSTAL IN THE MIDDLE AGES

Welcome to the Greater London Area of The Arts Society
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 -
10:30 to 15:30
Large Lecture Hall AWG
6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

Deep blue lapis lazuli, imported from Afghanistan; purple porphyry quarried in Egypt by the Romans; and colourless rock crystal mined in Germany, were prized highly by medieval patrons. Associated respectively with the heavens, imperial power, and spiritual purity these precious hardstones were utilised in varied contexts including micro-mosaics, pavements, tombs and reliquaries, as well as on walls, panels, and manuscript pages.

 

THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER

Dr Sally Dormer

Lecturer and tutor for the Early Medieval Year Course at V&A. Dean of 'European Studies' for 2 US Universities. Freelance lecturer for The Art Fund. Study tours, cruises and tour groups. BA (History) University of Durham; PhD (Medieval Manuscript illumination) and MA (Medieval History of Art) Courtauld Institute.