IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1504: Set in Stone?: Ways of Analysing Pre-Conquest Stone Sculpture, I

Thursday 14 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:The Queen's College, University of Oxford
Organiser:Felicity Clark, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:John Blair, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Paper 1504-aSculpture on the Margins: Exploring the Possibility of Using Anglian Stone Sculpture to Identify 'Frontier Zones' in Early Medieval Northumbria
(Language: English)
Felicity Clark, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - Sculpture, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1504-bAngels on Anglian Sculpture: Minsters, Monks and Pastoral Care
(Language: English)
Thomas Pickles, Wadham College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism
Paper 1504-cThe Literary Sources behind the Pictish Stone Sculpture on Tarbat Peninsula
(Language: English)
Kellie Meyer, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Art History - Sculpture, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism
Abstract

This is the first of two linked sessions designed to showcase the variety of possible approaches to Pre-Conquest stone sculpture. The first paper takes a broad view and asks whether the pre-850 sculpture of Northumbria can be used to identify ‘frontier zones’ in the landscape. The second paper focuses on a single motif, that of the priest/monk prostrated before an angel, to infer something of the pastoral ideal of Anglo-Saxon minsters. The final paper expands the geographical focus of the session to Pictland. It demonstrates that knowledge of the literary sources in circulation at the time the Tarbat cross-slabs were produced is vital to a correct iconological reading of their images.