IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 815: The Everyday and the Everafter: Exploring the Transitive Power of Imagery and Objects in the Medieval World

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Melissa Herman, Department of History of Art, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Jane Hawkes, Department of History of Art, University of York
Paper 815-aThe Pleasures of Treasures: Discussing the Symbolic Significance of Exoticism and Luxe in the Production of High Status Objects in the Anglo-Saxon World
(Language: English)
Melissa Herman, Department of History of Art, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Pagan Religions
Paper 815-bFrom A to Ɵ: Considering the Illustrated Pages of the Codex Amiatinus as Illuminating Time and Space
(Language: English)
Meg Boulton, Independent Scholar
Index terms: Art History - General, Biblical Studies, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 815-cFling Wide the Gates: Insular Art as a Doorway to Salvation
(Language: English)
Nick Baker, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism

Material evidence across the medieval period demonstrates a balancing act between the pleasures of this life and the rewards of the afterlife. Throughout the period there was widespread enjoyment of material objects which often enhanced the expectation of spiritual recompense to come; rather than being valued solely as luxury, earthly objects. By examining depictions of earthly pleasures and treasures while acknowledging their complex multivalency and the ever-present tension between the current, earthly life and the future, heavenly one, these papers explore how the dichotomy between the material and the spiritual was experienced, explored, and understood in the Insular world.