IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1314: Writ Large: Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Decoration of Medieval Buildings

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Classical, Byzantine & Medieval Section, 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 1314-aPopes in Pain: The Struggle against Heresy in Byzantine Rome in the 7th and 8th Centuries
(Language: English)
Eileen Rubery, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1314-bJustinian the Great: Emperor and Saint?
(Language: English)
Eleni Dimitriadou, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1314-cWorking in the Vineyard of the Lord: Heresy and the Representation of the Works of Mercy in Late Medieval Italy
(Language: English)
Federico Botana, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Art History - Sculpture, Lay Piety
Abstract

This session will explore the use of large-scale decoration in buildings to express statements of belief and shape ideas of heresy and orthodoxy. The papers will focus on monuments in Italy and Constantinople made over a broad time-span. The production of decorative schemes in and on these buildings will be set in a historical context as the speakers address the possible motives of the patrons of particular works and their involvement with these projects. The speakers will also consider how these images might have been received and understood by contemporary viewers.