Session 116: The Virgin's Emotions as Mirror
Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45
|Moderator/Chair:||Pamela Sheingorn, Baruch College & Graduate Center, City University of New York|
|Paper 116-a||Les émotions des personnages et les réactions affectives du public dans trois miracles de la Vierge en moyen néerlandais|
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch
|Paper 116-b||The Reluctant Virgin: Mary Protests|
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Abstract paper -a: Le surnaturel provoque plusieurs émotions chez les personnages de trois miracles de la Vierge en moyen néerlandais (‘Beatrijs’, ‘Theophilus’, et ‘Jonathas ende Rosafiere’): chagrin, regret, crainte et étonnement, mais aussi respect, espoir et gratitude.
Abstract paper -b: Various gestural and iconographic details in medieval art call attention to the coming fate of Mary’s son. One theme in this complex which has received relatively little attention is that of Mary’s protest against this fate. Millard Meiss, who notes the motif in early Siennese painting, comments that it goes out of fashion in the 15th century. It did not diappear however. This paper will show how the motif of Mary’s reluctance to accept the Passion continued in use in 15th century Italian and Northern art. Beginning with a visual analysis, the paper will go on to show that the theme is rooted in a rich literary tradition and that it was remarked on in contemporary writing.