IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 221: Art and Nature, II: Decorative Arts

Monday 7 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Classical / Byzantine / Medieval Section and Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Organiser:Laura Cleaver, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Laura Cleaver, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Paper 221-aThe Vegetal World and Architectural Polychromy in 13th- and 14th-Century France
(Language: English)
Géraldine Stéphanie Victoir, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Painting, Art History - Sculpture
Paper 221-bTransforming the Natural World: Hierarchies of Material in Theophilus' On Diverse Arts
(Language: English)
Heidi Gearhart, University of Michigan / Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 221-cFactura/Natura: St Anthony on the Nut Tree and the Goldsmith's Language of Making
(Language: English)
Francesco Lucchini, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Hagiography
Abstract

This is the second of three sessions exploring references to the natural world in ecclesiastical art and architecture. Moving inside the church, this session will consider the use of organic and inorganic materials in decoration and the role of art in making both natural and created objects appear supernatural. The first two papers will concentrate on painting, examining the connections between the choice of organic materials and iconography and the processes of building and theorisation into which they were incorporated. The third paper will examine the decoration of natural objects in the form of relics housed in metalwork cases.