IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 820: Lay Piety and the Work of Art in Medieval Cities

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:International Center of Medieval Art
Organiser:Virginia C. Raguin, Department of Visual Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
Moderator/Chair:Virginia C. Raguin, Department of Visual Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
Paper 820-aIconography and Patronage of Norfolk Stained Glass: Outwell, a Case Study
(Language: English)
Claire Daunton, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety
Paper 820-bComparative Lay Piety of Chantry Foundations in Cathedrals and Parish Churches: An Archaeological Perspective
(Language: English)
Simon Roffey, Department of Archaeology, University of Winchester
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - Religious, Lay Piety
Paper 820-cPower and Legitimacy in City Spaces: The Reliquary of the Holy Corporal in Orvieto
(Language: English)
David Boffa, Department of Art History, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety, Liturgy

Communal values are revealed in case studies of late-medieval works of art from England and Italy. The purpose, patronage, audience, and ritual use of the works demonstrate concepts of not only social control and status, but also sincerely felt religious piety and a desire to bond communities through shared experiences. The stained glass windows and chantry chapels of England proclaim their patrons’ status and taste, reflecting the latest artistic tends of the great cities – and international currents. There are audiences for these stationary objects, and like those for the portable reliquary that ‘claims’ urban landscape through procession, they are part of a multivalent environment.