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Art, Style and Design in the service of King and Church: the Bologna Cope, a masterpiece of ‘opus anglicanum’

  • Monday 11 December 2023
  • Lecturer: Dr Michael A. Michael

The Bologna Cope was one of the stand-out items at the 2016 V&A exhibition on Opus Anglicanum. Created in England and rich with the imagery of Christ’s life and the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket at the time it was dated to between 1310 and 1320 during the papacy of Pope Benedict XI (recent archival research has pin-pointed that the cope, now housed in the Museo Civico Medievale in Bologna was created during the short papacy of Pope Benedict XI before 1304). Its iconographic programme and the problems associated with its conservation will be considered.


 Dr Michael A. Michael is Head of the Opus Anglicanum Project at the University of Glasgow. He is an art historian who has written widely on medieval and Renaissance art. His books include studies of wall painting, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass and panel painting. He is a research fellow at the University of Glasgow, School of Culture and Creative Arts.

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