IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 711: Pseudo-Dionysius and the Arts, I: The Visual Rhetoric of Hierarchy

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA), New York
Organiser:Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Moderator/Chair:Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Paper 711-aThe Concept of Hierarchy according to Pseudo-Dionysius and the Pseudo-Hierarchical Vision of His Sources
(Language: English)
Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Milano
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Liturgy, Monasticism, Philosophy
Paper 711-bImages of Holy Men in Late Antiquity: Framing Spiritual and Visual Hierarchy
(Language: English)
Katherine Marsengill, Independent Scholar, New York
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Mentalities
Paper 711-cThe Place of Monks in the Corpus Dionysiacum and Its Byzantine Reception
(Language: English)
Nicholas Marinides, Theologische Fakultät, Universität Basel
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Lay Piety, Monasticism
Abstract

By involving experts in various disciplines, this session will focus on the following questions that have never been specifically tackled before: whether Dionysius’s hierarchical vision of the celestial and terrestrial realms could be considered a consequence of a wider late antique-mentality and not simply a development of the Neoplatonic legacy; how Dionysian thought nurtured the development of ‘visual thinking’ (i.e. a way of memorizing, organizing, and delivering information) that affected also the production of visual arts, especially, though not exclusively, in the monastic milieu.