The Christmas Story in Medieval Art - Lecturer: Sally Dormer
During the Middle Ages many of the familiar images associated with the Christmas story were devised and popularized including the ox and ass in the Bethlehem stable. This lecture, illustrated by images taken from illuminated manuscripts, church portals, stained glass windows and goldsmiths’ work, will tell the stories surrounding Christ’s birth and investigate the often surprising sources for this well-known narrative.
Sally Dormer is lecturer and tutor for the early Mediaeval Year Course at the V&A with a PhD on Mediaeval Manuscript Illumination (Courtauld Institute). She is Dean of European Studies for 2 US universities and has a popular following for her lectures for the Art Fund and art tour groups.