IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 715: Power in Practice, III: Artistic Propaganda and the Problem of Orthodoxy

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of History, Seattle University
Organiser:Theresa Earenfight, Department of History, Seattle University
Moderator/Chair:Eleni Sakellariou, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Ioannina
Paper 715-aAlfonso II and the Liber Feudorum Maior: Artistic Propaganda at the Service of a New Dynasty
(Language: English)
Eileen McKiernan González, Department of Art & Art History, University of Texas, Austin
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 715-bSymbolic Representations of Power: The Cult of the Cross in the Kingdom of Asturias
(Language: English)
Teresa Nava-Vaughn, Department of History, Stanford University
Index terms: Art History - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 715-cOrthodoxy and the Image of the Byzantine Emperor: The Troyes Casket
(Language: English)
Alicia Walker, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University

New studies in ritual and symbolism have informed this group of scholars and they have each responded in quite striking ways. All three focus on periods of political and religious turmoil in Spain and Byzantium, when questions of orthodoxy polarized politics and society. Examining an illuminated manuscript, a liturgical cross, and textile design, these three papers take up the challenge of works that cross formal, iconographic boundaries, yet all are concerned with the ways in which moments of political crisis can be understood by the cultural production of the age, and how this art reflects concerns for legitimacy, stability, continuity, and symbolic authority.