IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1142: Recollecting Medieval Artefacts: A Global Perspective

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:International Center of Medieval Art, The Met Cloisters, New York
Organiser:Jitske Jasperse, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Moderator/Chair:Wendelien A. W. Van Welie-Vink, Afdeling Kunst- en cultuurwetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Paper 1142-aTexts from Tombs: Buried Biography in Medieval China and Its Reception in Modern Times
(Language: English)
Timothy Davis, Independent Scholar, Utah
Index terms: Art History - General, Epigraphy, Social History
Paper 1142-bBuried Coins and Seals: Making the Invisible Visible?
(Language: English)
Jitske Jasperse, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Art History - General, Numismatics, Social History
Paper 1142-cHidden Presence: Miracle-Working Objects in Medieval Buildings
(Language: English)
Minou Schraven, Department of Humanities, Amsterdam University College
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - General, Art History - General, Social History
Abstract

In ‘Recollecting Medieval Artefacts’ the focus is on objects that entice us to think about their invisibility to the human eye. The papers ask why and how these visually significant objects were hidden from sight, which memories they represented for their owners, whether their invisibility enhanced the objects’ meaning, and how that invisibility impacts our modern interpretations. The session seeks new pathways of studying both lost and surviving objects and their inscriptions as sources that help us to understand global medieval practices of storing and concealing, together with modern ideas concerning retrieving and reconstructing the past.