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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1625: Feast and Famine, Historical and Metaphysical, Good and Evil

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Maria Grasso, Independent Scholar, London
Moderator/Chair:James Pedersen, Independent Scholar, London
Paper 1625-aRich Man, Poor Man: The Complex Metaphors in Early Depictions of the Feasting of the Rich Man in Luke's Parable
(Language: English)
Maria Grasso, Independent Scholar, London
Index terms: Art History - General, Religious Life
Paper 1625-bMany Journeys: Images of Travel and Feasting in the Grandes Chroniques of Charles V
(Language: English)
Dominique Ann DeLuca, College of Arts & Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Paper 1625-cThe Taste of Good and Evil: Spices, Serpents, and a 13th-Century Parisian Nef
(Language: English)
James Wehn, Department of Art History & Art, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio / Cleveland Museum of Art
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Religious Life

This session explores the ways in which depictions and art objects involving food and feasting act as catalysts for spiritual experience and moral contemplation. The papers examine depictions of feasting in the parable of Dives and Lazarus; a 14th-century manuscript miniature commissioned by Charles V of France, featuring a celebratory dinner; and a 13th-century gold and crystal serving dish with a serpent-handled lid. The content and contexts of these opulent works evoke a variety of interconnected themes, including gluttony and charity; Eden as a source of exotic flavours; the taste of salvation; and medieval feasts as sites for spiritual journey.