IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1511: Stylus as a Paint Brush: Writing and Artistic Creation, 6th-9th Centuries, I

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:'ICONOPHILIA': Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship 657240 / Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (2014-2020)
Organisers:Vincent Debiais, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Moderator/Chair:Vincent Debiais, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Paper 1511-aReading Christian Images before Pope Gregory I: The Case of the Phoenix in Late Antique Mosaics
(Language: English)
Diego Maria Ianiro, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Diego Maria Ianiro, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Latin, Literacy and Orality, Theology
Paper 1511-bThe Iconography of the Dormition after Dionysius the Areopagite and Hierotheos
(Language: English)
Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Milano
Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Milano
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Theology
Paper 1511-cByzantine Hymnography as Spiritual Ekphrasis
(Language: English)
Jaakko Henrik Olkinuora, School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland
Jaakko Henrik Olkinuora, School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Liturgy, Theology
Abstract

The two sessions will explore: 1) the ability of late antique and medieval authors to create images throughout their written words, blurring the borders between visual and literary arts; 2) investigate how the written and oral dissemination of textual imagery interacted with the conception, production, and perception of visual arts in the same period. Using their stylus as a painting brush, late antique and medieval authors transformed words in literary images/icons, making them part of a wider visual culture. Works of art described or evoked might have existed, but, most of the time, textual imagery remained ‘literary works of art’ in a poetic space of creation, a fiction of shapes and colors, depicted or shaped under the readers’ eyes.