Medieval Sculpture: Motifs, Messages and Morals

The Leaves of Southwell Project Presents:
a talk by James Wright
20 April 2021
2.00pm on Microsoft Teams

How did stonemasons work with their patrons to create meaningful imagery upon buildings? Looking in detail at this relationship can give us a unique insight into the mediaeval mind. Using case studies at buildings such as Southwell Minster, Tattershall Castle and Norwich Cathedral we can begin to understand the fascinating, disturbing and sometimes comedic messages imparted to the viewer. Ideas connected to religious texts, morality, lordship, politics and personal identity are covered as we explore how one simple image may have many complex meanings…

Book your place on this insightful talk using the Book Tickets for the Talk form at the end of this page.


About James Wright
James Wright is an award-winning buildings archaeologist. He has two decades professional experience of ferreting around in people’s cellars, hunting through their attics and digging up their gardens. He hopes to find meaningful truths about how ordinary and extraordinary folk lived their lives in the mediaeval period.

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