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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1311: The Christian Afterlife: Places of Reward, Redemption, and Punishment

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Niamh Bhalla, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Michael Carter, Curatorial Department, English Heritage, London
Paper 1311-aPer manus sanctorum angelorum […]: The Depiction of the Soul of Ambrose in the 9th-Century Golden Altar of St Ambrogio in Milan as an Indicator of Earlier Non-Extant Models
(Language: English)
Maria Grasso, Independent Scholar, London
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Hagiography
Paper 1311-bMaterial Culture as Eschatological Allegory in Medieval Byzantine Graves
(Language: English)
Sophie Moore, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Newcastle University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1311-cCorporeal Punishment and Social Transformation: The Image of the Last Judgement at Mavriotissa Monastery in Northern Greece
(Language: English)
Niamh Bhalla, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies, Law, Lay Piety

The Eastern and Western churches held differing views on key areas of doctrine, one of which involved the soul and its place in the afterlife. In both churches, however, while eschatological consequences were still under debate throughout the Middle Ages, concepts and depictions of the afterlife were widely implicated in religious, social and even political reform. This session explores concepts of the afterlife as a place of reward, redemption, renewal, and punishment in both Byzantium and the West, and discusses how visual representations, material culture, and written sources manifested these concepts.