IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 803: The Visualisation of Belonging: Questions of Inclusion and Distinction in Spanish and Italian Medieval Art

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Amelia Hope-Jones, Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Clare Sandford-Couch, School of Law, Northumbria University
Paper 803-aOf Culprits and Converts: The Shrine of SS. Vicente, Sabina, and Cristeta in Ávila and the Image of the Other
(Language: English)
Fabian Bojkovsky, Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Sculpture, Social History
Paper 803-bA 'thebaid' in the City: Revisiting the Tradition of Desert Eremitism in Late Medieval Tuscany
(Language: English)
Amelia Hope-Jones, Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 803-cThe Origins of Medieval Sculptors’ Self-Portraiture: Magester Ursus and His Work at the Church of Santi Pietro e Paolo in Ferentillo, Italy
(Language: English)
Maria Gordusenko, Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Mentalities
Abstract

The papers in this session start from an analysis of little-studied artworks in various media; the12th-century Castilian shrines, paintings of the desert hermits in late-medieval Tuscany, and sculptors’ self-portraiture in 15th-century Italy. On the basis of this analysis they progress to consider the concepts of identity and belonging, whether individual or collective, as they are present in these artworks and in the wider historical or religious context in which they were made. The papers address issues of otherness, religious identity, and the artistic self, questioning terminological, geographical, and representational modes of distinction and inclusion.