IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 202: The Image of the King in Medieval France, I

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:International Medieval Society, Paris
Organiser:Meredith Cohen, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Meredith Cohen, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / University of Oxford
Paper 202-aPresence and Absence of the Kings of France in Parisian Sculpture of the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Danielle V. Johnson, Wells College Junior Year Abroad Programme, Paris
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 202-bOld Kings and New Kings: The Use of Old Testament Kings on Early Gothic Portals
(Language: English)
Xavier Dectot, Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Mentalities, Social History
Abstract

Along with the expansion of the king’s territory in France, the royal power felt the necessity to show itself as the main source of legitimacy, be it political or religious. At the same time, other institutions used the royal image to ascertain their own power, sometimes as an opposition to the established kings. The aim of these two sessions will be to examine how the image of the king in the visual arts, architecture, and urbanism, was used, or not, as a means of giving an historical or religious legitimacy to its patron, in the centre as well as in the periphery of the kingdom.