IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 504: The Art of the Early Medieval Goldsmith, I

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:The Historical Metallurgy Society
Organisers:Barbara Armbruster, Travaux et Recherches Archéologiques sur les Cultures, les Espaces et les Sociétés (TRACES - UMR 5608), Université de Toulouse le Mirail
Niamh Whitfield, Independent Scholar, London
Moderator/Chair:Niamh Whitfield, Independent Scholar, London
Paper 504-aVisigothic Filigree Work as Illustrated by the Guarrazar (Toledo) and Torredonjimeno (Jaén) Treasures
(Language: English)
Alicia Perea, Departamento de Prehistoria, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Byzantine Studies, Technology
Paper 504-cOn the Noble and Much Celebrated Art of the Goldsmith
(Language: English)
Jochem Wolters, Independent Scholar, Lauterbourg
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Byzantine Studies, Technology

The common theme in this first session is goldsmithing in the Late Antique/Byzantine world and its relationship to that of the early Middle Ages. Alicia Perea will discuss an important collection of 7th-century Visigothic crowns and crosses and suggest that the craftsmanship is not medieval but rather the last manifestation of Antique technology. Noel Adams will examine the decorative foils on high-quality garnet cloisonné ornaments and argue for some degree of continuity between workshop traditions deemed to be Late Antique/Byzantine and those we call Early Medieval. Jochem Wolters will introduce a newly translated 11th-century Greek treatise on the art of the goldsmith rooted in Late Antique and Early Medieval traditions, where formulas and techniques receive equal attention.