IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 603: Horses in Art: The Familiar and the Alien

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Edgar Rops, Faculty of Law, University of Latvia, Riga
Moderator/Chair:Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
Respondent:Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Paper 603-aThe (Galloway) Horse and His Boy: Le roman des aventures de Fregus and 'The best breed in the north?'
(Language: English)
Miriam Bibby, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Local History
Paper 603-bMedieval Harnessing: Interpreting the Images
(Language: English)
Gail Brownrigg, Independent Scholar, Dorking
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - General, Technology
Abstract

Horses, omnipresent in the medieval life, make a frequent appearance in medieval art in a variety of forms and guises, referring the viewer to the familiar realities or carrying him or her to the realms of fantasy and alterity. Likewise, the connotations of equines and equestrians differs: from the metaphoric and symbolic to the purely practical, the interaction between horses and humans in visual media channels a variety of meanings. The papers presented in this thematic session on horses in medieval art study the representation of equines in various physical contexts: on tapestries and frescoes, as well as manuscripts.