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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1516: Religious Art Disputed

Thursday 16 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Gerrit Verhoeven, Independent Scholar, Delft
Moderator/Chair:Arnoud-Jan A. Bijsterveld, Department of Sociology, Universiteit van Tilburg
Respondent:Hildo van Engen, Streekarchief Land van Heusden en Altena
Paper 1516-aThe Art and Architecture of Late Medieval Fountains Abbey: Still Distinctively Cistercian?
(Language: English)
Michael Carter, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1516-bThe Use and Abuse of Images in the Late Medieval Low Countries
(Language: English)
Gerrit Verhoeven, Independent Scholar, Delft
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life

This session deals with disputes about the use and abuse of art in the late medieval western church. Some welcomed art as a means for people or institutions to show their generosity to God, as a - however imperfect - reflection of the Kingdom of Heaven, or as a foreshadowing of the beauty to be experienced in the Hereafter. Others are known to have been critical about art because it was supposed to distract from what religion was really about, e.g. the Cistercian and Carthusian orders. Particularly fierce was the late medieval debate about the veneration of images, culminating in the iconoclasm in the 16th century.