IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1023: Art and Rules, I: Death Rules

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Center for Medieval Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organiser:Wendelien A. W. Van Welie-Vink, Afdeling Kunst- en cultuurwetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Caroline Bruzelius, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University
Paper 1023-aRules to Follow for Burial (or Not) in the Rationale of William Durandus
(Language: English)
Stephen Mark Holmes, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Theology
Paper 1023-bSpeaking from the Grave: Burgundian Tombs as Propagandistic Means of Communication
(Language: English)
Sanne Frequin, Departement Kunst-, religie- en cultuurwetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Liturgy, Social History
Paper 1023-cThe Rules of Looking: Two Late 15th-Century Tomb Figures in Strasbourg Cathedral
(Language: English)
Charlotte Stanford, Department of Humanities, Classics & Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University, Utah
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Liturgy, Social History

Similar to medieval life, medieval death consists of many rules. In this session rules concerning death and especially those concerning place of burial and commemoration will be investigated. Attention goes out to the choices available for people commissioning and placing tombs. Two tombs in Strasbourg cathedral present the difference in options available for placing tombs of either lay-persons or clerics and their connection with existing patronage patterns in the cathedral. The burial practice and the tombs of the Burgundian dukes demonstrate that death can be used as a propagandistic mean used to shape memory. The investigation of the Rationale divinorum officiorum, by William Durandus of Mende (c. 1230-96) tells how the late medieval clergy were taught to view the burial and liturgical commemoration of the dead. In the text of the Rationale, however, canonical rules for the place of burial are both given and contested; Durandus’s own burial in Rome does not follow the rules he had set down.