Yale Art Historian To Give Franke Lecture on "Biblical Architecture"

Carnegie Professor Emeritus of the History of Art Walter Cahn will deliver the first spring-term Franke lecture at the Whitney Humanities Center (WHC) at Yale in this semester’s series, “The Age of Cathedrals.”

His talk, titled “Romanesque and Gothic as Biblical Architecture,” will take place on January 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 208 of WHC, 53 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.

Cahn is the author of “The Romanesque Wooden Doors of Auvergne”; “Masterpieces: Chapters on the History of an Idea”; “Romanesque Bible Illumination”; “Romanesque Manuscripts, 1100–1200” in “The Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in France”; “Studies in Medieval Art and Interpretation”; and numerous articles. Formerly an editor of the journal Gesta and editor-in-chief of the Art Bulletin, he also served for three separate terms as Chair of the History of Art department at Yale. Cahn has been the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, and is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

The Franke Lectures are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke, and are intended to present important topics in the humanities to a wide and general audience. This term the series explores the making and meaning of the High Middle Ages with the Gothic cathedral serving as a window on the religious, intellectual, and literary culture of the times. It is organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar taught by R. Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French and Chair of the Humanities Program.

Other scheduled lectures include Robert Nelson, “Hagia Sophia: An Alternative Biblical Architecture of Light,” on February 9; Jay Rubenstein, “Guibert de Nogent and His Demons,” March 2; Alyce Jordan, “The Sainte-Chapelle in Paris: Kingship, Crusading, and Legacy of Louis IX,” April 6; and Jacqueline Jung, “Some Strange Region of the Universe: Material Things in the Gothic Cathedral,” April 13.

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