IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1514: Enjoying the Rewards of a Saintly Life: Visualising Sanctity in Late Medieval Art

Thursday 4 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Hagiography Society
Organiser:Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Moderator/Chair:James Robinson, Department of Art & Design, National Museums of Scotland
Paper 1514-aThe Pleasure of Martyrdom
(Language: English)
Brigit G. Ferguson, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Hagiography, Mentalities
Paper 1514-bSt Eligius and the Miracle of the Horseshoe: A 15th-Century Wall Painting at Highworth Church, Wiltshire
(Language: English)
Ellie Pridgeon, Department of the History of Art & Film, University of Leicester / Precise Media, London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Hagiography, Local History
Paper 1514-cSaints, Rabbits, and Real Tennis: Hagiography and Pleasure in the Fisher Miscellany
(Language: English)
Joni Henry, St John's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Art History - General, Hagiography, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Medieval artists working in a range of media found different ways to convey the pleasures and rewards of a holy life, or to entice the faithful to look to the saints as models and protectors. The papers in this session focus on visual arts associated with the cult of saints, examining the ways in which hagiographical material could be embellished and nuanced through visual constructions. Whether depicting holy figures and episodes from their lives, or associating saints with ideas that might not – at first glance – appear closely related, artists could enhance and more effectively drive home the lessons of textual hagiography.