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IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 615: 'If It's Not Broken… ': Breaking the Traditions of Medieval Images

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:International Center of Medieval Art
Organiser:Melanie Hackney, Department of French Studies, Louisiana State University
Moderator/Chair:Melanie Hackney, Department of French Studies, Louisiana State University
Paper 615-aAgony in the Garden: Locating Christ's Prayer in Italian Renaissance Painting
(Language: English)
Bryan C. Keene, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Paper 615-b(Un-)Breaking the Habit: Sculpture in Parma and Its Area between the 12th and the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Michele Luigi Vescovi, UniversitĂ  di Parma
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture
Paper 615-cThe Didactic Kunstgriff in Opicinus de Canistris's Pal. 24r
(Language: English)
Nadia Pawelchak, Department of Art History, Florida State University
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Medieval image-makers who adhered to tradition have left traces that, like pieces of a puzzle, modern scholars can use to interpret medieval visual culture. But what of those who broke with visual tradition? Why did artists choose to diverge from accepted practice? In what ways did they break away from standard iconography? How did such images challenge the expectations of their audiences, and what were the religious, political, and economic implications? This panel addresses these questions and explores the ways that certain medieval works challenged contemporary notions through innovation and in their refusal to conform to traditional models. Looking at painting, sculpture, and manuscript traditions, the papers in this session come together to demonstrate why and how alternative - and sometimes opposing - visual representations coexisted in medieval art.