IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 614: Rules for Death and Dying in Images of Late Medieval Art

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Joanna Krawczyk-Coltekin, Research Institute for History & Culture (OGC), Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Sanne Frequin, Departement Kunst-, religie- en cultuurwetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Paper 614-aAngels Carrying Souls to Heaven in Late Medieval Art and the Culture of Death and Dying
(Language: English)
Joanna Krawczyk-Coltekin, Research Institute for History & Culture (OGC), Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Lay Piety, Mentalities
Paper 614-bIlluminations of Death Rituals in Late Medieval Books of Hours
(Language: English)
Eleanor Flynn, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Theology
Paper 614-cSeeing Oneself Judged: Donor Portraits in Last Judgements and Praying for the Hereafter
(Language: English)
Johanna Scheel, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut, Goethe-Universit├Ąt, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Abstract

In this session we explore the evidence for medieval rules for death and dying using as our sources artistic representations from the late Middle Ages.
Our focus will be predominantly on Northern European manuscript illuminations and panel paintings. We will analyze the very different, yet related, depictions of the aspects of death and afterlife in the late medieval period; from deathbeds and funerals to Last Judgments and the hereafter, including Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and Abraham’s Bosom. The images will be discussed in relation to the texts they accompany, for example the Office of the Dead, and the culture of prayer of the period.