IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1215: Visual Pleasure and the Virgin Mary

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Maeve Doyle, Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Lyons, Department of Art History, Emory University / Institut National d'histoire de l'Art, Paris
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer Lyons, Department of Art History, Emory University / Institut National d'histoire de l'Art, Paris
Paper 1215-aVisual Pleasure and the Illuminated Prayer Book
(Language: English)
Maeve Doyle, Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1215-b'Magnificat anima mea Dominum': The Virgin Mary and Magnificent English Service Books, c. 1380-1420
(Language: English)
Alexander Collins, Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1215-cThe Amiens Priesthood of the Virgin: Marian Vestments for God and 'Worthy Garments' for the Heart
(Language: English)
Elliott Wise, Department of Art History, Emory University
Paper 1215-dVirginal Milk and Divine Light: Sensitive Pleasure and Eucharistic Efficiency in Ambrogio Bergognone's The Virgin Feeding the Child at Certosa di Pavia's Refectory
(Language: English)
Gwladys Le Cuff, Centre André Chastel, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Abstract

From the 11th century onwards, the Virgin Mary, in glass, wood, stone, ivory, mosaic, metalwork, and painting, formed the focus of an increasingly ornate visual and material culture. Papers in this session explore the role of sensory pleasure in the creation and reception of the Virgin’s image in the later Middle Ages and the capacity of material beauty to amplify or reinforce Christian teachings and practices.