IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 817: Jerusalem of the Senses, II: Re-Enacting the Passion in Late Medieval Europe

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Spectrum: Visual Translation of Jerusalem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Organiser:Renana Bartal, Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moderator/Chair:Irina Chernetsky, Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Paper 817-aMaps of Jerusalem and the Passion
(Language: English)
Hanna Josephine Vorholt, International Max Planck Research School, Göttingen
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 817-bTreading the Path to Salvation: The French Cathedral Labyrinth as a Penitential Device
(Language: English)
Shiri Fridman Waisbard, European Forum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Religious Life
Paper 817-cCharles IV: Passion and Pride
(Language: English)
Bianca Kühnel, Department of History of Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Lay Piety

Pleasure and pain were intertwined in the experience of medieval pilgrims following Christ’s footsteps in the drama of Passion, either in Jerusalem itself or in its transpositions elsewhere. Pilgrimage involved physical hardship, emphatic misery and exaltation, and was carried out through different means. Reproductions of loca sancta architecture and topography, Maps and relics, as well as visual representations in a variety of media were used in order to generate emotionally charged cathartic experiences. Papers in this session will explore the way devout believers used such reproductions of Jerusalem to achieve the benefits of pilgrimage and in turn how such objects, architectural complexes, or visual representations were constructed and staged to create emotional and/or performative encounters with the holy city.