Robert Branner (1927-1973) was an art historian specializing in Gothic architecture and manuscript illumination. Active as an excavator, he made important discoveries in the chronology and style of French cathedrals, incorporating cultural historical tools into the method of design analysis that had more traditionally dominated architectural history.
Branner is remembered through the Robert Branner Forum, a student-run symposium sponsoring lectures several times a year that are open to the public. The Forum originated as a series of visiting lectures organized by Branner's graduate students immediately after his death during the academic year as a way of continuing his courses. It has been supported by his family since that time.
For the 2021-2022 series, the fall lectures will be held remotely over Zoom. The format of spring lectures will be reassessed closer to 2022.
Branner Forum: Patrick Ponsot, "La Cathedrale de Bourges en 1313, 1842 et 2010 que « restaurer » veut dires?"
Branner Forum: Robert Ousterhout, "Visualizing the Tomb of Christ: Images, Settings, and Modes of Seeing"
Branner Forum: Martha Easton, "Visual Pleasure and Patron Saints: Dress and Undress in the 'Belles Heures' of Jean, Duke of Berry"
Branner Forum: Marvin Trachtenberg, "Building-in-Time: Thinking and Making Architecture in the Premodern Era"
Branner Forum: Meredith Cohen, "'Nothing Compares to Paris': A Reassessment of the Rayonnant Capital"
Branner Forum: Asa Mittman, "'of great size and ferocious appearance...': Medieval Monsters and Modern Monster Studies"
Branner Forum: Emily Guerry, "Louis IX, Robert Branner, and the Wall Paintings of the Sainte-Chapelle"
Branner Forum: Caroline Bynum, "Crowned with Many Crowns: Nuns and Their Statues in Late Medieval Germany"
Branner Forum: David Frankfurter, "The Magic of Craft: Workshops and the Materialization of Christianity in Late Antique Egypt"
Branner Forum: Jerrilynn Dodds, “The Virgin as Colonial Agent: Fashioning the Subaltern in the Cantigas de Santa Maria"
Branner Forum: Christina Maranci, "They Have Been Watching You All This Time: Newly Discovered Wall Paintings in Ani"
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