IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1228: The Scandalous and the Marvelous in Medieval Art

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Student Committee, International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA), New York
Organiser:Sanne Frequin, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Amsterdam, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Sanne Frequin, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Amsterdam, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Paper 1228-aOuter Beauty and Inner Grotesques
(Language: English)
Dominique Ann DeLuca, College of Arts & Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Sexuality
Paper 1228-bScandalous or Righteous?: Challenging Perceptions of Forbidden Love in Carved Ivory Caskets
(Language: English)
Dustin Aaron, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture
Paper 1228-cThe Utopian Features of the Representation of Troy in the French-Flemish World
(Language: English)
Marina Ferry, Centre for the Study of Medieval Art, KU Leuven
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Marvelous and scandalous phenomena are often framed as impetus for periods of renewal and reform in medieval Europe. In the vein of the fantastical Kunstkammern found in the renaissance courts of Europe, this session seeks to explore the materiality, iconography, and significances of the scandalous and the marvelous. In manuscript decoration, fine elephant ivory carving and on medieval mappa mundi, imagery often included fantastical renderings from the imagination, exotic naturalia, or even illicit figures in the margins.