IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 520: Patronage and Piety in Medieval Europe

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Department of Art History, University of Leicester
Organiser:Ellie Pridgeon, Department of the History of Art & Film, University of Leicester / Precise Media, London
Moderator/Chair:Robert A. Rouse, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Nottingham
Paper 520-aStockholm and its Role within the Hanseatic League: An Assessment of Medieval Sculpture
(Language: English)
Alexandra Fried, University of Gothenburg
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture
Paper 520-bPiety and Patronage in the Parish: The Evidence from Medieval Wills
(Language: English)
Guy Sumpter, Department of the History of Art & Film, University of Leicester
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety
Paper 520-cWall Painting and Patronage in the English Parish Church
(Language: English)
Ellie Pridgeon, Department of the History of Art & Film, University of Leicester / Precise Media, London
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Lay Piety
Abstract

The session will draw attention to the very different forms of church and cathedral patronage which occured in both Sweden and England in the later Middle Ages. Royal and wealthier benefactors left their mark in the form of great sculptural and architectural programs. Yet far less ostentatious were the more local patrons in the smaller parish churches. Wills and churchwardens’ accounts tell us of very simple bequests such as wall painting, church ales, candles and even livestock. It will be the role of the session to address the different motives of these patrons and to decide whether similar motives for benefaction were evident at different social levels.