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V&A/RCA History of Design Research Seminar: Robert H. Smith Sculpture in Context Seminar by Dr Spike Bucklow

Seminar Room A, Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum

Dr Spike Bucklow (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge & V&A Robert H. Smith Scholar in Residence) delivers the Robert H. Smith Sculpture in Context Seminar: 'The Church Screen: Colour Schemes and Boundary Marking'

Most colour has been lost from polychrome sculpture. Fragmentary paint remains are suggestive, as is original context. This talk considers the colour schemes of sculptures related to English fifteenth- and sixteenth-century rood screens which lay at the boundary between the nave and chancel and fulfilled a specific architectural function. The talk offers an interpretation of a prevalent colour combination, drawing on the architectural.

The V&A/RCA History of Design Research Seminar Series provides a forum for engaging with new thinking in the history of design and material culture, including cutting-edge research in related fields such as anthropology, economic history, the history of art and architecture, medical humanities and the history of science and technology Seminars take place on throughout the academic year and are open to all with an interest in the field. Although places are free and booking is not required, you are advised to arrive early, as space is strictly limited. Please direct any queries to hod@rca.ac.uk.