IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 102: The Chapter House of York Minster

Monday 12 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Nancy Wu, The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Moderator/Chair:Peter Fergusson, Department of Art, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Paper 102-aThe Chapter House at York Minster: Context and Significance
(Language: English)
Sarah Brown, English Heritage, London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General
Paper 102-bThe Construction and Function of the Chapter House Vestibule as Revealed by Recent Archaeological Recording
(Language: English)
Kate Giles, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General
Paper 102-cThe Lost Paintings of the Chapter House
(Language: English)
Christopher Norton, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General
Abstract

The chapter house of York Minster is well-known for exhibiting the Decorated Style prevalent in English architecture of the second half of the 13th century. Attached to the north side of the Minster, its octagonal shape and timber ceiling (imitating stone vaults) have long been noted by scholars. The tracing room above the chapter house vestibule also contains one of the only two surviving plaster floors from medieval England. The session will examine this often overlooked, gem-like structure, with newly acquired information from recent archaeological work.