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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 115: Gestures in Daily Life in the Middle Ages

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Misericordia International
Organiser:Elaine C. Block, Misericordia International, Paris
Moderator/Chair:Frédéric Billiet, UFR Musicologie, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Paper 115-aGestures Among Friend and Foe on Medieval Misericords
(Language: English)
Elaine C. Block, Misericordia International, Paris
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Daily Life
Paper 115-bThe Vulgar Vernacular on Misericords
(Language: English)
Paul Hardwick, Department of English, Leeds Trinity University
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Daily Life, Literacy and Orality
Paper 115-cFrom Corbels to Misericords: Evolution of Iconography in Marginal Arts
(Language: English)
Christina Weising, Université de Montpellier III - Paul Valéry
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Daily Life

Gesture and posture in medieval art have been extensively analyzed by Francois Garnier, but little or no attention is paid to gestures on misericords or other parts of choir stalls. This session will present the significance of gesture in these sculptures, and in the other marginal arts.

Abstract paper -c: The corbels, a form of marginal art carved in stone or wood, share many common features with misericords. A selection of corbels from the Midi of France, romanesque or gothic, display a gallery of characters in attitudes such as tooth aches, mouths open with tongue sticking out, finger in nose, exhibition gestures, or hands holding some sort of a moon crescent. It will be shown that many images to be found later on misericords may derive from this iconography, whether it originates from medieval or from more ancient roots, transmitted though the ages by a slow evolution process.