IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1501: Antique Tradition in Medieval Visual Expression of Emotions through Gestures and Attitudes

Thursday 13 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organiser:Marije van der Vegt, Research Group History of Medieval Art, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Claudine A. Chavannes-Mazel, Research Group History of Medieval Art, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Paper 1501-aImages of Saturn and the Medieval Depiction of Melancholia
(Language: English)
S. Maria C. Patijn, Department of Art History, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting
Paper 1501-bThe Ambiguity of Love: The Medieval Fortunes of Amor and the Expression of Conflicting Emotions
(Language: English)
Esther Mulders, Department of Art History, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting
Paper 1501-cEloquence without Words: Rhetorical Gesture in Early Medieval Images of Christ
(Language: English)
Marije van der Vegt, Research Group History of Medieval Art, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Abstract

Medieval thought, writings and imagery borrowed significantly from the antique tradition. The purpose of this session is to explore the ways in which this borrowed tradition became apparent in the visual expression of emotions using gestures and attitudes. In medieval imagery the Olympic gods were often deployed to personify abstractions such as tempers and emotions; examples of which are the images of melancholy and love. Another strand of classical tradition can be found in rhetorical gestures that found their way into early medieval representations of Christ.