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A Taste for Limoges: Colorful Caskets in Medieval Spain

Speaker: 

Jitske Jasperse, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt University of Berlin. 

Friday, September 9, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Morley Family Lecture Hall

Bright colors, decorative patterns, and polished surfaces define Limoges caskets (also chasses). They were produced in large quantities and present in church treasuries throughout western Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries. By approaching these chasses as physical, sensuous objects, this lecture explores what can be gained from on-site study in Toledo and Ourense in Spain. An embodied analysis of Limoges caskets combined with medieval and early modern written sources helps us envision how medieval people experienced them. This, in turn, may inspire the way we present them in museums.

Short bio 

Jitske Jasperse is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research focuses on visual and material culture of authority and gender in medieval Europe.