IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 813: Power and Authority in the Architecture of the Collegiate Church, II

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Ellen M. Shortell, Department of Critical Studies, Massachusetts College of Art
Moderator/Chair:Evelyn Staudinger Lane, Department of Art, Wheaton College, Massachusetts
Paper 813-aPiety versus Prerogative: The Violent History of Saint-Urbain, Troyes
(Language: English)
Michael T. Davis, Department of Art & Art History, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History, Local History
Paper 813-bCollegiates and Parishes in Late Medieval Paris: A Struggle for Power
(Language: Français)
Agnes Bos, Musée National de la Renaissance, Ecouen
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Local History
Paper 813-cBuilding the Chevet of St-Quentin: St Stephen, the Dean and the Bishop
(Language: English)
Ellen M. Shortell, Department of Critical Studies, Massachusetts College of Art
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Local History

This session will explore the ways in which power and authority were manifested in medieval collegiate foundations in the Gothic period through art, architecture, liturgy, and local and regional politics. Major collegiate churches in western Europe have been studied as architectural monuments under the umbrella of the ‘great church’, but unlike parish churches, cathedrals and monasteries, secular collegiate churches have not been extensively studied as a separate category. This session asks whether it might not be fruitful to consider the collegiate church as an institution in its own right, with distinctive characteristics that separate it from the cathedral. As the primary basis of common ground among collegiate churches is their administrative structure and historical relationship to the population, the focus in 2003 on concepts of power and authority provides a special opportunity to explore social relationships and their importance to art and architecture.