2017 Art House Café Lecture Series speaker!
Join us Friday, April 21, at 7pm for our next speaker, Rebecca Johnson as she presents:
Looking up to Heaven: An exploration of the ceiling in the upper-chapel of Sainte-Chapelle
Read about Rebecca and her talk below!
Admission is free, RSVP to reserve a seat!
This talk will examine the ceiling ornamentation of the 12th-century Sainte Chapelle, the royal palace chapel for King Louis IX (1214 - 1270), located in Paris, France. The design, which is comprised of a blue background with golden stars, is rooted within a "starry sky" motif tradition, intended to emulate a celestial or heavenly realm. In the dual levels of the Sainte Chapelle both the starry sky motif exists as well as an appropriated form, which substitutes the star for the royal French symbol of the fleur-de-lys as a means to convey both the ecclesiastical and secular position of King Louis IX.
Rebecca Johnson has a Bachelor in Art History with a minor in French and is currently continuing her studies by completing her Master's degree at the University of Guelph in Art History and Visual Culture.