IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1029: The Meditationes Vitae Christi and Visual Constructions of Memory, I

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Renana Bartal, Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University
Holly Flora, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, Louisiana
Moderator/Chair:Holly Flora, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, Louisiana
Paper 1029-aSan Gimignano as a Context for the Meditations: Fra Jacopo in the Archives
(Language: English)
Donal Cooper, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - General
Paper 1029-bRemembering Birth and Death: Mary under the Cross in an Illuminated Meditationes, Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS 410
(Language: English)
Renana Bartal, Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1029-cTextual and Visual Meditations on the Passion: The Frescoes of the Santa Maria Donnaregina of Naples and the Written Evidence
(Language: English)
Dávid Falvay, Department of Italian Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Drawing on diverse literary traditions, the author of the late medieval Meditationes Vitae Christi transformed the terse gospel accounts into an emotionally charged and vivid narrative, constructing memories of the events of Christ’s life in the mind of the medieval reader. Art historians have long believed that this experiential aspect of the Meditationes inspired trends in late medieval visual culture, such as the innovative iconography and emotional expressiveness of Trecento art. This interdisciplinary double session seeks a new, integrated understanding of the Meditationes focused specifically on how its visual and textual traditions functioned in the shaping of devotional memories, both personal and social.