8th Annual Ards Conference: Alabaster as Material for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture (NEW DATES)
18 - 20 January 2022
09:00 - 17:00

Alabaster as Material for Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture
Paris, Musée Du Louvre/Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 18-19-20 January 2022 (NEW DATES)

New dates are confirmed for the 8th Annual ARDS conference: Alabaster as material for medieval and Renaissance sculpture in Paris (Musée du Louvre/Musée des Arts Décoratifs). The conference will take place from January 18th until January 20th 2022 and will consist of two days of conference followed by a one-day excursion.

The programme will be released by the end of August. Stay Tuned!

The 8th ARDS annual colloquium, which celebrates new research in the field of renaissance and medieval sculpture will focus on alabaster as a material for european sculpture from the 14th until the 17th century.

Much research has been carried out on this subject over the past few decades in several European countries, both in universities and in laboratories, and in particular on the occasion of restorations carried out in museums and historic monuments. New analysis methods have improved our knowledge of the origin of alabaster and the quarries exploited during this period, supply and trade circuits - often long distance - have been brought to light, restorations have enabled to specify the implementation of the material. The results have been the subject of seminars, study days and major publications.

In order to present the general public with a summary of the current state of our knowledge, M Leuven and the Musée du Louvre have decided to jointly organize an international exhibition on this theme in 2022. This exhibition will show how and why alabaster was used for sculpture in Western Europe during the late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque period. This exhibition will bring together high-quality sculptures, small-format objects with monumental achievements, from the Louvre and M’s collections, as well as from numerous public and private collections. About a year before the exhibition, the Paris colloquium aims to bring together specialists in this material, whether they are geologists, restorers, historians or art historians. The scientific committee of the conference invited researchers to submit papers via a call for papers and has selected 15 papers.

> Call for Papers (EN)

> Appèl à communications (FR)