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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1702: Grisaille: Shades of Meaning in Late Medieval Manuscripts

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Sophia Rochmes, Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Anna Russakoff, American University of Paris
Moderator/Chair:Anna Russakoff, American University of Paris
Paper 1702-aDisappearance of Colors in 14th-Century Manuscripts: The Personifications in Question
(Language: English)
Bertrand Cosnet, UFR d'histoire, histoire de l'art & archéologie, Université de Nantes
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Italian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1702-bPrayer in Shades of Grey: A Grisaille Book of Hours from the Lyonnais Workshop of Guillaume Lambert
(Language: English)
Elliot Adam, Centre André Chastel, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1702-cPrester John's Painters: European Grisaille Illuminations in Late Medieval Manuscripts from the Ethiopian Royal Court
(Language: English)
Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Paper 1702-dCase by Case: A Look at Manuscripts that Combine Grisaille and Full Color
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Moodey, Department of History of Art, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Grisaille, or imagery in monochrome tones of grey, proliferated in late-medieval Northern Europe. This session explores grisaille, with a particular focus on its appearance in manuscripts, in an effort to better understand this enigmatic artistic phenomenon. The papers will present a series of case studies, and will consider issues of technique, iconography, artistic identity and collaboration, relationships between artistic media, patronage, and reception.