IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1215: Making and Breaking the Rules: Exploring the Transgressive and Transformative Power of Images and Taxonomies in the Medieval World

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Meg Boulton, Independent Scholar
Moderator/Chair:Jane Hawkes, Department of History of Art, University of York
Paper 1215-a'The Fish in the Sea and the Birds in the Sky and all the Wild Animals': Resuscitating Anglo-Saxon Zoomorphic Ornament from the Indefinable and Unintelligible
(Language: English)
Melissa Herman, Department of History of Art, University of York
Index terms: Art History - General, Pagan Religions
Paper 1215-bA Game of Thrones: Looking at the 'Seat' as a Symbol of Divine Law in Insular Manuscript Art
(Language: English)
Nick Baker, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1215-c'Bejewelling Jerusalem': The Conceptual Realization of the Metaphysical Space of Heaven in the Art and Architecture of the Early Church
(Language: English)
Meg Boulton, Independent Scholar
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Biblical Studies

The three proposed papers all address various kinds of rulemaking and breaking: from the manner in which the ‘identity’ of power was expressed within images; to the images themselves as being transgressive; to breaking the established taxonomies which classify these images/objects within the discourse. These papers address the theories of creating systems of significance, breaking traditional ideas of viewing and conceiving of art work from the medieval period, in both pagan and Christian contexts, in order to explore how the rules which determined the production, viewing and classification of objects in this milieu were constructed, followed or shattered.