IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1521: Cities, Conflict, and Convivencia in Late Medieval Art

Thursday 12 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Glasgow Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Debra Higgs Strickland, Glasgow Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Debra Higgs Strickland, Glasgow Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Paper 1521-aThe Place of Judgment: Pilate's Praetorium in Medieval Art
(Language: English)
Colum Hourihane, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Paper 1521-bUrban Legends: The City as Context in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
(Language: English)
Pamela A. Patton, Department of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Texas
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Social History
Paper 1521-cMedieval Jewish Space, Real and Represented
(Language: English)
Laura Hollengreen, School of Architecture, University of Arizona
Index terms: Architecture - General, Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Abstract

Far from neutral or ‘naturalistic’ depictions of actual urban spaces, medieval Christian images of the city were arenas in which to express cultural and ideological differences and convergences. In a variety of artistic contexts, urban imagery simultaneously addressed aesthetic and political interests by using architectural features and boundaries to demarcate more conceptual ones. This process and its significance for viewers will be examined in three case studies: the conflation of Pilate’s praetorium with the city of Jerusalem in Passion imagery; cities as theatres for interaction and conflict between Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Cantigas de Santa Maria illuminations, and the concept of ‘Jewish spaces’ defined by both actual and pictorial urban settings in England, France and Germany.