Past Event

Branner Forum: Achim Timmermann, 'navicule ac de caracis…: A Brief History of Medieval Ex-Voto Ships'

March 31, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Achim Timmermann
Professor of Art History, University of Michigan
Medieval and Early Modern Art and Architecture, c. 1100 - c. 1600

"navicule ac de caracis...: A Brief History of Medieval Ex-Voto Ships"

The presentation explores the material and visual evidence for medieval ex-voto ship models, gifted to shrines after surviving shipwreck or prevailing in a naval battle. Focusing on the half millennium between c. 1000 and c. 1500, we will explore the materiality of these objects, their contexts of (re-)use, what is known about their patrons and artists, and the relationship between ship models and their large-scale counterparts - most notably the cog and the carrack - deployed in medieval Europe's expanding theaters of commerce, warfare, and exploration.