THE GOTHIC IVORIES PROJECT AND 'FICTILE IVORIES'
The practice of making plaster casts of carved ivories from different periods was particularly popular in the 19th century, as is evidenced by John Westwood's Descriptive Catalogue of the Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum, published in 1876.
As the Conway Library at the Courtauld Institute of Art has a small collection of such casts, we were able to add photographs of these to our corpus.
In certain cases, as for instance the cast reproduced on this page, this faithful imprint is the only trace left of a piece whose whereabouts are unknown today.
To find the photographs of these casts on the site, type the word 'cast' in the View field (drop-down menu in the Advanced Search page), or click HERE.
NEW ACQUISITIONS BY THE LOUVRE NOW ON THE GOTHIC IVORIES WEBSITE
Two outstanding statuettes of Synagoga and saint John the Evangelist believed to belong to a Deposition group already in the Louvre were recently acquired by the museum, thanks to the generosity of numerous contributors.
We have now added them to our online corpus! See them HERE.
AN EXHIBITION IN FLORENCE
Diafane Passioni. Avori barocchi dalle corti europee
Florence, Museo degli Argenti, 16 July - 3 November 2013
This exhibition, curated by Eike D. Schmidt and Maria Sframeli, centres around the Medici collection of ivories now at the Museo degli Argenti in Florence. Beginning with the Quattrocento, it then moves on to the Baroque period with the works of artists such as Leonhard Kern, François Duquesnoy and Georg Petel. An important section is also dedicated to the production of carved ivories in Portuguese and Spanish colonies in Asia, including Goa.
More details here.
AN EXHIBITION IN TURIN
Il Collezionista di Meraviglie: l'Ermitage di Basilewsky
Turin, Palazzo Madama, 7 June - 13 October 2013
An exhibition focused on the amazing collection of Alexander Petrovic Basilewsky now kept at the Hermitage in St Petersburg has just opened in Turin and, given Basilewsky's interest in ivories, the visitor will be able to admire a few on this occasion, among other treasures.
Publication: Il Collezionista di Meraviglie: l'Ermitage di Basilewsky, E. Pagella, R. Rappe (dir.) (Turin, 2013).
More details here.
THE GOTHIC IVORIES PROJECT JOINED THE MEDIEVAL ELECTRONIC SCHOLARLY ALLIANCE (MESA)
The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) is a federated international community of scholars, projects, institutions, and organisations engaged in digital scholarship within the field of medieval studies.
Thanks to the MESA portal, you can conduct a search through 18 federated sites, which include, in addition to the Gothic Ivories Project, the Walters Art Museum, the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music, and many more.
An article recently published in The Art Bulletin:
- S. Guérin, 'Meaningful Spectacles: Gothic Ivories Staging the Divine', in The Art Bulletin 95 (March 2013), pp. 53-77.
Volumes I and II of R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924) are now fully available online, as part of Gallica, the virtual library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France:
On a statuette of the Virgin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
- S. M. Guérin, 'An Ivory Virgin at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, in a Gothic Sculptor's Oeuvre', in The Burlington Magazine, no. 1311, vol. CLIV (June 2012), pp. 394-402.
On the Gort casket, now in Winnipeg:
- P. Mae Carns, 'A curious collection in ivory: the Lord Gort Casket', in Collections in Context: the Organization of Knowledge and Community in Europe, ed. by K. Fresco and A. D. Hedeman (Columbus (Ohio), 2012), pp. 246-174.
Two articles in West 86th, vol. 18, no. 2 (Fall-Winter 2011):
- A. Cutler, 'Carving, Recarving, and Forgery: Working Ivory in the Tenth and Twentieth Centuries', pp. 182-195. Accessible online here.
- S. M. Guérin, 'Duplicitous Forms', pp. 196-207.
Studies in Iconography 32 (2011) contained no less than two articles on Gothic ivories:
- N. Rowe, 'Pocket Crucifixions: Jesus, Jews, and Ownership in Fourteenth-Century Ivories', pp. 81-120.
- P. M. Carns, 'Floire et Blancheflor: Gothic Secular Ivories and the Arts of Memory', pp. 121-154.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, 'Gothic Ivories: Realities and Prospects', in Gothic: Art and Thought in the Later Medieval Period. Essays in Honour of Willibald Sauerlander, ed. by C. Hourihane (Princeton, 2011), pp. 157-175.
More details here.
Trésors de la collection Daniel Duclaux (Angers, 2011).
This little known collection, housed at the Musée-château de Villevêque near Angers, contains, among other treasures, a few ivories...
P. Williamson, Medieval Ivory Carvings. Early Christian to Romanesque (London, 2010).
Paul Williamson published last year this impressive catalogue of ivories in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, covering the Early Christian period to the Romanesque period. The objects are documented in an unprecedented way through detailed entries and numerous photographs.
The next volume, focusing on the Gothic period, is in preparation.
P. Malgouyres, Ivoires de la Renaissance et des Temps Modernes. La Collection du Musée du Louvre (Paris, 2010).
Last updated: 18 September 2013.
A publication covering ivories from the 15th to the 19th century in the Louvre and complementing the catalogue written in 2003 by Danielle Gaborit-Chopin.
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