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Table Fountain

Table Fountain, c. 1320–40. France, Paris, 14th century. Gilt-silver and translucent enamels; overall: 33.8 x 25.4 x 26 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.85

Music and Youth in the Kingdom of France. The Roman de Fauvel and the Cleveland Fountain (Paris, c. 1320)

Friday, March 18, 2022, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Location:  Lecture Hall
John C. and Sally S. Morley Family Foundation Lecture Hall
Morley Family Lecture Hall

About The Event

The hydraulic and musical fountain in the Cleveland Museum of Art permanent collection is a unique device of gilt and enameled silver made around 1320 in Paris. This lecture examines the fountain’s material constitution, festive performance, and historical context. A close comparison with the Fountain of Youth presented in text, image, and music in the Roman de Fauvel, a political satire recorded in a manuscript of 1317, suggests that the same group was involved in both creations. The Cleveland fountain thus multi-sensorially evokes the Parisian royal palace as a divine Fountain of Youth rejuvenating the French kingdom.

Organized by the Department of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University.

This lecture is free and open to the public; registration is not required.