IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 702: Shaping Reception of Medieval Sites: What Are We Doing?, I

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:International Center of Medieval Art
Organiser:Janet T. Marquardt, Department of Art, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Moderator/Chair:Janet T. Marquardt, Department of Art, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Paper 702-aReconstructing Cashel
(Language: English)
Rachel L. Moss, Trinity Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Historiography - Medieval, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 702-bMapping, Marking, and Erasure: The Medieval Parish Church in Counter-Reformation Rome
(Language: English)
Catherine McCurrach, Wayne State University, Michigan
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 702-cRe-Evaluating From the Grassroots Up: The Medieval Monument and Electronic Data Collection
(Language: English)
Mickey Abel, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

With the eleven-hundredth anniversary of the Abbey of Cluny’s foundation in 910 approaching, it seems timely to evaluate our current understanding of medieval monuments as cultural patrimony. We have seen two centuries of rising awareness to the historical importance, cultural meaning, and tourism potential of medieval structures in Western Europe. They have changed from outdated and neglected ruins past fashionable appreciation to picturesque relics claiming large investments toward their restoration. Yet some countries have too many historical monuments to maintain and the oldest represent the largest resource drain. How relevant are medieval sites today and why should modern administrations continue to market them as ‘authentic’ representatives of culture? Who determines popular views of the past in our society and are they merely following formulae initiated in the 19th century? Why are we still commemorating anniversaries of medieval institutions long gone?