IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 217: The Monastic Refectory and Spiritual Food, II

Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale
Organiser:Martin Aurell, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Moderator/Chair:Vincent Debiais, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Paper 217-aSpiritual Food and the Hermeneutics of Space in the Cloister of Saint-Aubin in Angers
(Language: English)
Sasha Gorjeltchan, Department of Art, University of Toronto, Downtown
Sasha Gorjeltchan, Department of Art, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 217-bInscribing 'Spiritual Food' in Refectories of the Holy Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Wilfried E. Keil, Institut für Europäische Kunstgeschichte, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Wilfried E. Keil, Institut für Europäische Kunstgeschichte, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Epigraphy, Religious Life
Paper 217-cAesop's Fables in the Refectory of the Abbey of Fleury
(Language: English)
Estelle Ingrand-Varenne, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Estelle Ingrand-Varenne, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Epigraphy, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism
Abstract

At the heart of communal life, the refectory was an area where monks gathered, nourished their bodies but also strengthened their soul. How did bells, silence, readings, prayers, refectory decorations such as paintings, sculpture and inscriptions, and ritual work together to sanctify the monastic meal? What were the links between the communal dining room and the church, the place of the Eucharistic celebration and the prefiguration of the Celestial banquet? How did each monastery build, decorate and conceive of its refectory in this aim? Did the relationship between communal repasts and spiritual nourishment in monastic life have echoes in the community of canons, lay society or in chivalry?