Event Date: 14 November 2019
The Lecture Room
London WC1H 0AB
The Warburg Institute presents:
Dr Xavier Dectot (National Museums Scotland) – A not-so-recent Archaeological Discovery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (and some new perspectives on French mid-13th century Gothic sculpture)
Visitors to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés abbey church in Paris will find, on a red metal column at the entrance of the liturgical choir, a broken sculpture of the Virgin and Child. Many medieval sculptures still extant are damaged, yet this sculpture is not simply broken – in fact, it was never finished, and its importance in the artistic landscape of the 13th century has still not been fully assessed.
Xavier Dectot studied at the Ecole des chartes and Ecole du patrimoine (Paris). Fellow at the French Academy in Madrid, he received his PhD at the École Pratique des Hautes Études. Curator at the Musée du Moyen Âge Cluny (Paris) and the first director of the Musée du Louvre-Lens, he is now Keeper of Art and Design at the National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh. He has published exhibition catalogues and books on the history of sculpture in French in the Middle Ages.
Introduction by Dr Raphaële Mouren (Warburg Institute):