Although transparent because of its physical features, and despite it is one of the most sumptuous Carolingian intaglios still preserved, the rock crystal depicting the Baptism of Christ did not enjoy a clear history before its acquisition by the Rouen Musée des Antiquités.
On February 18th, Holger Klein was our featured speaker for the ICMA's lecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Please enjoy this video encore of Dr. Klein's lecture about art, faith and politics in late medieval Venice.
The conversation, whose transcription follows below, took place on April 14, 1981, in Room 268 of Street Hall at Yale University, under the sponsorship of the Department of the History of Art. The announced title was “Focillon as a Medievalist,” and the event was designed to mark the centenary of the birth of Henri Focillon