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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1019: Ecclesiastical Advertising

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Laura Iseppi, Independent Scholar, Rovereto
Moderator/Chair:Karen Eileen Overbey, Department of Fine Arts, Seattle University
Paper 1019-aMnemotechnics and the Depiction of Trades: The 'Last Judgment' at Chaldon, Surrey
(Language: English)
Laura Iseppi, Independent Scholar, Rovereto
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Ecclesiastical History, Economics - Trade, Rhetoric
Paper 1019-bCultivating Irish Exoticism at Hildegard's Disibodenberg
(Language: English)
Scott Wells, Department of History, California State University, Los Angeles
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1019-cSelf-Promotion: Jacobus de Voragine’s Legenda Aurea and the ‘New’ Dominican Liturgical Calendar
(Language: English)
Dana Leigh Brenan, National Gallery, London
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism

The session concentrates on representations and reinterpretations of sacred history in ecclesiastical environments, both continental and insular, in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Abstract paper -c: Research on the Legenda Aurea clearly demonstrates that the text was intended as a reference work for Dominican students and preachers. However, the multiplicity of manuscripts in existence. both in Latin and in vernacular languages, points to a more 'universal popularity'. By considering revisions to his Order’s liturgy and calendar carried out by Humbert of Romans, Fifth Master General of the Dominicans (detailed in British Library MSS, Additional 23935, 14089, and 11882, all Legenda manuscripts with a Dominican provenance), I argue that the Legenda Aurea was produced as a direct expression of support by a leading Dominican for his Order’s new liturgy.