IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1115: Pewter, Parchment, and Pixels: New Perspectives on Pilgrim and Secular Badges

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden / Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Organisers:Hanneke van Asperen, Vakgroep Kunstgeschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Moderator/Chairs:Jos Koldeweij, Vakgroep Kunstgeschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Paper 1115-aMapping Badges in London and Paris: Iconographic Communities in Late Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Gabriel Byng, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History
Paper 1115-bBadges of Our Lady of Grace: New Sources on the Early Pilgrimages to Scheut
(Language: English)
Hanneke van Asperen, Vakgroep Kunstgeschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Daily Life, Religious Life
Paper 1115-cA Hood of Cherries: A New Interpretation of a Enigmatic Badge
(Language: English)
Amy Jeffs, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Daily Life, Religious Life
Abstract

The research into pewter pilgrim and secular badges flourishes. The cheap, but often detailed, objects broaden the knowledge about visual literacy in the late medieval world, especially in northern Europe. Online database such as PAS, Kunera, and the Pilgerzeichen Datenbank have made the small metal badges accessible to scholars of material and visual culture. The databases, that serve as treasure chests of material to investigate, have led to new identifications and new insights into aspects like inscriptions, iconographical programmes, and ways of collecting badges in the Middle Ages. Additionally, they have instigated new initiatives such as Digital Pilgrim, that put isolated finds of badges into a broader perspective.