IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 902: Iconographic Round Table

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:Misericordia International
Organiser:Elaine C. Block, Misericordia International, Paris

The roundtable will begin by examining a few recently identified images, all on misericords, including a pair of cowled foxes reading a Gregorian chant, an artisan making an ornament for choir stalls, and a hybrid analyzed by Michael Camille as a participant in the Feast of Fools. Audience members can then present images hitherto unidentified to a panel of specialists: Naomi Kline (University of New Hampshire, Plymouth – Manuscripts), Sylvie Bethmont (Université de Paris, I – Childhood and games), Frederic Billiet (Université de Paris, IV – Music), Valerie Worthy (Ohio University, Athens – Sculpture), and Elaine Block (proverbs). Various sources will be used to demonstrate how they can remove the mystery from a visual image: Bruegel’s “Netherlandish Proverbs”, for example, is a critical source for identifying proverbial imagery in sculpture and painting.

Available for distribution will be an outline of iconographic clues, such as attributes of saints and nobles, symbols of virtues and vices, popular fabliaux and tales, common puns and sayings, implements and tools of common occupations, and social criticism in the Middle Ages.