Ivory, Copper, and the Island of Gold: Medieval trade between France and West Africa
Paper by Sarah Guérin
Given online by Bowdoin College Museum of Art on March 3, 2021
Sarah Guérin, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the development of trade networks linking medieval Europe and western Africa, exploring the important role played by Africa in the medieval world system of Europe. Her talk will shed light on the profound effects that these trade networks had on artistic production in both regions.
Sarah Guérin is Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah’s research centers on the material conditions of medieval art, with an emphasis on the socio-economic circumstances surrounding production and use, including trade, artisanal organization, techniques, function as well as the theological conceits that influenced and enabled production. Click here to view Sarah’s Academia.edu page.
- Top Image: Detail of the Virgin and Child from the Sainte-Chapelle (Paris, France), now in Louvre museum. Photo by Tangopaso / Wikimedia Commons