IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 702: Baptism, Eucharist, and Matrimony: Sacramental Iconography and its Practical Applications in the British Isles

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Heather Pulliam, Western Kentucky University
Moderator/Chair:Christine Linnell, School of Art History, University of St Andrews
Paper 702-a'The Chalice of Devils': The Book of Kells' Eucharistic Imagery Re-Considered
(Language: English)
Heather Pulliam, Western Kentucky University
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Monasticism
Paper 702-b'Bless this Body': Baptismal Iconography on the 12th-Century Cottam Font
(Language: English)
Frances Altvater, Independent Scholar, Williamsburg, Virginia
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Lay Piety, Theology
Paper 702-cVisual Appropriation: Instruction on Marriage, Queenship, and Parenthood in the Illuminations of the 1503 Book of Hours of James IV and Margaret Tudor
(Language: English)
Suzanne Lyle, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography

The session focuses upon the sacrament as it was perceived and signified within the British Isles: Altvater examines the Cottam baptismal font both within the context of associations attached to humanity’s physical body and contemporary ideas about penance as a sacrament and a repeatable remedy for sin. Pulliam suggests that the Book of Kells reflects Hiberno-Saxon concerns regarding the Eucharist as reflected in their exegesis and penitentials; specifically the unworthy participation in the communion. Lyle argues that the imagery selected for the c.1503 Book of Hours reflects a specific agenda: instructing Margaret in the responsibilities of marriage as the Queen of Scotland.