IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1230: Cultural Memory and Visual Strategy in Insular Art

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Colleen Thomas, Independent Scholar, Dublin
Moderator/Chairs:Jennifer Gleeson, Independent Scholar, Dublin
Colleen Thomas, Independent Scholar, Dublin
Paper 1230-aVisual Strategies in Early Medieval 'Pocket' Gospels
(Language: English)
Colleen Thomas, Independent Scholar, Dublin
Index terms: Art History - General, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Technology
Paper 1230-bDesigning Cultural Memory: Celtic Revival Metalwork and Manuscripts in Ireland, 1840-1890
(Language: English)
Tara Kelly, Independent Scholar, Dublin
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Medievalism and Antiquarianism

This session will consider Insular metalwork and manuscripts in the context of its production. In making these objects, Insular artists performed and re-performed methods which relied on technical memory. The resulting images and ornament were composed through a visual strategy that was cumulative and had high expectations for the visual literacy of its viewers. The skills necessary to make works of such visual sophistication and creativity overlapped across media. This session will thus compare the practice of making glass studs for metalwork ornament and designing the decorative programme of ‘pocket’ Gospels.