Peter H. Brieger Memorial Lecture Series

Peter Brieger
Peter H. Brieger. University of British Columbia Archives [UBC 5.1/3468]

This lecture series is in honour of Professor Peter H. Brieger (1898–1983). Brieger joined the newly founded University of Toronto Department of Fine Art in 1936, having been stripped of his professorship in Hitler’s Germany. He was a distinguished medievalist specializing in manuscripts of the 12th and 13th centuries. His publications include Art and the Courts: France and England from 1259 to 1328 (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1972) and English Art, 1216–1307 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957). He was a founding president of the Universities' Art Association of Canada. Brieger became acting head of the Department in 1947 and remained so until 1964. He was replaced by Jens T. Wollesen and Luba Eleen who both instructed Medieval Art. Brieger lecturers have included Barbara Maria Stafford, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Eric Michaud, Christopher Wood, Ulrich Pfisterer, Jaś Elsner, Thomas E. Crow, and Joseph Leo Koerner.

Date Speaker Title
2023 October 24 Jérémie Koering, University of Fribourg "Royal Occasion: Velázquez' Las Meninas and the Power of Painting"
2022 October 12 Marisa Bass, Yale University "The Monument's End"
2021 February 25 Stephen J. Campbell, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University "The Shape of Pre-Modern Lives: Toward an anti-biography of Leonardo da Vinci"
2019 November 14

Paul Vandenbroeck, Illuminare, Centre for the Study of Medieval Art, KU Leuven

"Bosch's cosmology"

2018 November 29 (Cancelled)

Victor Stoichita, Université de Fribourg “The ‘Great Turk’. Gentile Bellini and Mehmet II”
2017 September 27 Klaus Krüger, Kunsthistorisches Institut Freie Universität, Berlin “Imaginary Sounds. Painted Visions of Celestial Music”
2013 October 1 Jaś Elsner, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, Visiting Professor, University of Chicago “Visual Ontologies: Style, Archaism, and the Construction of the Sacred in the Western Tradition”
2013 January 24 Christopher Wood, Yale University “The Uninvited”
2012 March 20 Ulrich Pfisterer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München “Raphael’s Muse: Erotic Inspiration in the Renaissance”
2012 February 28 Eric Michaud, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris “The Barbarian Invasions and the Racialization of Art History”
  Barbara Maria Stafford  
2007 November 1 Timon Screech, University of London “The Voyage of the New Year’s Gift: A Cargo of Paintings for Asian Emperors and Kings, Sent from London, 1614”
2005 January 24

Jeffrey Muller, Brown University

“White Slavery, Brotherhood and Art in Early Modern Antwerp: The Confraternity of the Holy Trinity in the Parish Church of St. Jacob”
2004 January 13 Conrad Rudolph, University of California, Riverside “The Origin of the Gothic Portal and the Systematization of Imagery”
2003 March Linda Dalrymple Henderson, The University of Texas at Austin “Recovering Complexity in the 1960s: Robert Smithson, Park Place, and the Fourth Dimension of Space”
2000 November 17-19

The 2nd Brieger Symposium “Millennium-Apocalypse-Utopia”
Various speakers, refer to Departmental Archives

2000 March 30 Serge Guibaut, University of British Columbia “Playing ‘Cow-Boys’ and ‘Gaulois’ in 1955 Paris: Breton, Estienne, and the American Cultural Invasion”
1999 March 3 Joseph Leo Koerner, Harvard University “The Reformation Image and the Routines of Modern Belief”
1998 March 25 Thomas E. Crow, Yale University “Can We Write the History of Gaze? Alfred Barr and Jasper Johns”
1996 May 3-4

The 1st Brieger Symposium in Memory of Robert Deshman


Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University

“Re-reading the First Bible of Charles the Bald”
  Archer St. Clair, Rutgers University “A Workshop on the Palatine? Evidence for Late Antique Bone and Ivory Carving from the Palatine Excavation”
  Elizabeth Leesti, University of Toronto “The Munich Codex purpureus and Early Mediaeval Gospels Frontispieces”
  Diane Reilly, University of Toronto “Gerard of Cambrai and the Arras Bible: Reform and Resistance”
  Jane Rosenthal, Columbia University “St. Margaret’s Gospel-Lectionary: A Book for Private Devotion”

Jeffrey Hamburger, Oberlin College

“’For Every Tree Is Known by Its Fruit’: Image and Imitation in the Reception of Seuse’s Exemplar”
  James Marrow, Princeton University “Art and Experience in Dutch Manuscript Illumination c. 1400: Transcending the Boundaries”
1995 March 13 Jeffrey Hamburger, Oberlin College “Nuns as Artists in Fifteenth-Century Franconia: Devotional Drawings from the Abbey of St. Walburg in Eichstaett”
1994 May 10 Hal N. Opperman, University of Washington, Seattle “François Desportes (1661–1743) and the Modern Landscape”
1993 February 9 Reindert L. Falkenburg, Vice Director, Rijjksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague “Pieter Bruegel: Christ on the Road to Calvary and the Beholder’s Interior Journey”
1992 March 5 Gabriel Weisberg, University of Minnesota “The Constructed Image: Naturalist Painting and Photography”
1991 March 7 Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University “Byzantine Art and the Future Onto which All Christian Gaze”
1990 March 2 Richard Spear, Oberlin College “Caravaggio in Light of His Lombard Heritage”
1989 March 13 Lothar Haselberger, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität “Didyma: The Planning of a Greek Temple”
1988 March 25

John Shearman, Harvard University

“Michaelangelo’s Tombs”
1987 Egon Verheyen, Johns Hopkins University “Thomas Jefferson and the Moral Functions of Architecture”
  Jean Sutherland Boggs, Former Director, National Gallery of Canada “Degas in Normandy”
1985 Willibald Sauerländer, Director, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich “Stylization and Observation in 13th-Century Art”
1984 November 22 Hans Belting, University of Munich, Visiting Professor, Harvard University “The New Role of Narrative in Italian Fourteenth-Century Monumental Painting”