The HKU Museum Society is pleased to organise a guided tour of an upcoming exhibition, High Gothic: Christian Art and Iconography of the 13th–14th Century at the University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU. We will be guided by exhibition curators Dr. Florian Knothe and Ms. Tullia Fraser.
High Gothic: Christian Art and Iconography of the 13th–14th Century
This exhibition aims to display the richness of Gothic artforms in both private and public spaces. It presents highly sophisticated representations of Christian narratives, such as the Life of Christ and a broad spectrum of workshops and styles from across Western Europe that date between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Talented craftsmen worked in stone and wood, constructing many of the best-known European Churches that were decorated exuberantly with sculptures and stained-glass windows. Religious services related to the depicted imagery incorporated elaborate liturgical dress and crosses that were used during formal festivities and processions.
This exhibition is kindly supported by the McCarthy Collection, the University of Hong Kong Museum Society and The University of Hong Kong Endowment Funds for Music and Fine Arts. More information can be found here:
Dr. Florian Knothe teaches the history of decorative arts in the 17th and 18th century with particular focus on the social and historic importance of royal French manufacture. He has long been interested in the early modern fascination with Chinoiserie and the way royal workshops and smaller private enterprises helped to create and cater to this long-lasting fashion. Dr. Knothe worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and on European and East Asian glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, before his current position as Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery at HKU.
Ms. Tullia Fraser is currently a Project Associate with the University Museum and Art Gallery at HKU. Ms. Fraser has field experience in British archaeology, investigating Romano-British to modern England; as well as public communication and collaboration in archaeological science. Her museum experience across both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom has a particular focus on Chinese collections. Her current research interests lie in the archaeology of Hong Kong, and the movement of Chinese archaeological finds into European museum collections in the 19th-20th century.