IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 625: Iconography of the Episcopacy: Bishops and/in the Image

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:EPISCOPUS: Society for the Study of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Diane J. Reilly, Department of the History of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington
Moderator/Chair:Evan Gatti, Art History, Elan University, North Carolina
Paper 625-aThe Collecting Bishop in his Textual 'Mise en Scène' from the Carolingian Era to the High Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Pierre-Alain Mariaux, Département d'histoire de l'Art, Université de Neuchâtel
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 625-bThe Bishop's Presence: Depicting Episcopal Authority in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Sigrid Danielson, Department of Art & Design, College of Liberal Arts & Science, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 625-cA Model for Bishops?: John the Baptist and the Ottonian Episcopacy
(Language: English)
Jennifer P. Kingsley, Department of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Abstract

As both patrons and recipients of art and literature, bishops exerted significant control over the visual and textual culture of the Middle Ages. Patrons sought to curry favour with bishops by comparing them to revered historical or biblical prototypes, such as John the Baptist, in art or liturgy. In other cases, artworks expressed episcopal authority through depictions of sacraments, gestures, or locales available only to bishops. Bishops could also be represented through literary descriptions of their wealth and the luxuries or tools of office it could demand. Our session will explore the means and outcomes of such representations of bishops.