Past Event

Columbia Medieval Studies Seminar: Stephen Murray (Columbia)

October 3, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Columbia University Faculty House

Stephen Murray (Columbia) 

Professor Stephen Murray will present "Life of a Gothic Cathedral: Notre Dame of Amiens". Stephen Murray is the Lisa and Bernard Selz Professor of Medieval Art History Emeritus at Columbia University, specializing in medieval sermons, Romanesque and Gothic art, and storytelling in Gothic. He is the author of such works as A Gothic Sermon: Making a Contract with the Mother of God, Saint Mary of Amiens and Plotting Gothic. He is currently using electronic media to project his cathedral studies with a combination of techniques. Below is Professor Murray's abstract. 

 "Life of a Gothic Cathedral: Notre-Dame of Amiens"

I would like to present a project to change the way we talk about the Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Amiens.  Our new website was developed with the Columbia Core Curriculum in mind: instead of dealing with the cathedral purely as an innovative structure, built between "1220 and 1269" and part of the Gothic Architectural Revolution, the new website focuses upon builders and users: layfolk, clergy and artisans over the three-century life of the Gothic Cathedral.  Working with Susan Boynton and a team of singers led by Benjamin Bagby of the Sorbonne, we hope in September 2018 to add medieval liturgical music performed in the choir, carrying the acoustic stamp of the spaces of the cathedral, and in this way to build a link between Art and Music Humanities."



The event will be held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive. The cost for dinner following the talk at 7:00, payable by check only, is $30.  When you RSVP please indicate whether or not you plan to come to dinner; please give 10 days advance notice.