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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1111: Images of Grief

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organiser:Marije van der Vegt, Research Group History of Medieval Art, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Marije van der Vegt, Research Group History of Medieval Art, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Paper 1111-aDevelopments in Threnos Images in Byzantine Art
(Language: English)
Barbara de Lange, Department of Art History, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1111-bSerpents in Sangüesa: Judas's Suicide and other Images of Grief on the Pilgrimage Road to Compostela
(Language: English)
Maite Teresa Garcia Lechner, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Paper 1111-cVitale da Bologna’s Adoration of the Magi / Man of Sorrows Diptych Reconsidered
(Language: English)
Emily Jane Anderson, School of Culture & Creative Art (History of Art), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Religious Life

In this session we will focus on different ways of expressing grief by gestures. What is the difference between Eastern and Western Lamentations? What kind of gestures are vehicles for emotions? How is this expressed in earlier dramatic moments in the life of Christ?

Abstract paper -c: The critical importance of Vitale da Bologna’s only surviving diptych, depicting the Adoration of the Magi and Man of Sorrows (c.1353-55, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh/ Longhi Foundation, Florence), has not fully been recognised. It has recently been suggested that the conventional attribution of the diptych to Vitale should be revised and this challenge to Vitale’s authorship will be considered. The diptych, like his Madonna del ricamo (c.1330-40, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna) and Madonna of Humility (c.1353, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan), is indicative of Vitale’s highly innovative and emotive translations of passion iconography. New interpretations and observations are offered which may provide clues to the diptych’s original context.