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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1214: Art and Authority: The Use of Imagery to Establish Orthodoxy

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Classical, Byzantine & Medieval Section, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Organiser:Laura Cleaver, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Gerry, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Paper 1214-a'I would defend the sentences of the Master': Representations of Peter Lombard and Accusations of Heresy in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Laura Cleaver, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Education, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1214-bA Distinguished Colleague or a Dangerous Influence?: Images of Aristotle in 13th-Century Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Hanna M. Wimmer, Sonderforschungsbereich 950 'Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa' / Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Universit├Ąt Hamburg
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1214-c'Popish walls and vile superstitions': Iconoclasm and Architectural Erasure under Edward VI
(Language: English)
Matthew H. Woodworth, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General

This session will explore the role of art in shaping ideas of orthodoxy. The papers focus on particular historical debates and explore the ways in which art was used in connection with arguments about heresy. The first two papers examine the use of images to establish and maintain the reputation of authors whose work was challenged. They consider how posthumous figures were reinvented by contemporaries in line with current ideas. The final paper tackles the question from the opposite angle as it considers the destruction of art during the English Reformation. It addresses how those in authority removed and destroyed art to establish a new orthodoxy for the Middle Ages.