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The Gold Room Lectures

Gold Room Lectures at Harlaxton Manor Spring 2018

Coordinated by Dr Amber Pouliot

Harlaxton College presents a series of Gold Room Lectures for members of the College, local community and general public. Entry is free of charge. Directions to the Manor. For further information telephone 01476-403000 or e-mail ahollick@harlaxton.ac.uk

Gold Room

Monday, 22 January 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

‘The West Front of Lincoln Cathedral and the Gallery of Kings: An Imagery of Ideal Kingship’

Netta Clavner, Birkbeck University of London

Lincoln Cathedral's West Front

Lincoln Cathedral’s west front was built in the eleventh- century as a sign of Norman victory and conquest. Throughout the Middle Ages, the west front had been reconstructed and expanded in several building phases, resulting in a massive, layered structure. While sculpture played an important role in medieval Church ornamentation, the west front of Lincoln Cathedral features only isolated and sparse sculpture in a huge display of architecture. It was not until the second half of the fourteenth-century that a Gallery of Kings was erected above the main portal of the Cathedral, presenting a royal succession of the historical kings from William the Conqueror to Edward III.

Located as the centrepiece of the west front, these royal figures portray a powerful image of monarchic power that demands recognition of the Cathedral’s origin. This lecture will explore the visual language of the Gallery of Kings, and discuss their historical context and political value. Additionally, it will demonstrate the religious connotation of Lincoln’s royal statuary, and the symbolic importance of their location.

Netta Clavner is a postgraduate student of Art History at Birkbeck University of London. Her research focuses on images of royalty in fourteen and early fifteen-century England. She is especially interested in the social significance of monumental art, the use of urban space, and the role of art in the formation of national identity and collective memory.

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