Dawn Adès is Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1995, she delivered the Aspects of Art Lecture on ‘Marcel Duchamp and the Paradox of Modernity’.
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Published in British Academy Review, Issue 22 (Summer 2013).
Aspects of Art Lecture, delivered by Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA FRSE, 18 November 2010 (venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh), as part of the British Academy's ‘Medieval Week’. The fragmentary copy of Rashid al-Din’s World History held in the University of Edinburgh’s Library is of extreme rarity, huge size, lavish illustration and very early date (1314). It is perhaps the world’s most valuable illustrated Islamic manuscript. This lecture will explore its art-historical significance, highlighting its multiracial and multi-confessional flavour, with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and shamanistic elements that aptly reflect the largest continuous land empire in world history. The manuscript’s pictorial and textual cycles of Biblical figures, the Prophet Muhammad and the mythical past of Greece, Arabia and Iran break new ground, while its propagandist intent finds expression in courtly and battle scenes galore.
Sixty years ago the British Academy elected Prime Minister Winston Churchill as an Honorary Fellow. But this was not the first time that Churchill had been considered for election to the Academy. A ‘From the Archive’ article.