IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1605: Visual Memory: Art as a Reminder of the Past

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Universität Zürich
Organiser:Zofia Jackson, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Zürich
Moderator/Chair:Zofia Jackson, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Zürich
Paper 1605-aSprouting out of Legends: National Genealogical Identity Rooted in the Trojan War Expressed in Art
(Language: English)
Zofia Jackson, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Anthropology, Art History - Decorative Arts, Genealogy and Prosopography, Political Thought
Paper 1605-bCloths of Honour: A Visual and Functional Memory of the Gold-Ground
(Language: English)
Sabrina Schmid, Independent Scholar, Günsberg
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Liturgy, Theology
Paper 1605-cThe Use of the Epic in Iran's National Memory: The Book of Kings
(Language: English)
Laura Castro Royo, School of Art History / School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Social History
Paper 1605-dSacrifice, Fate, and the Tradition of the Miles Christianus in Rubens
(Language: English)
Maximilian Geiger, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Bern
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Feeble and forgetful, the human memory requires enhancement through an external reminder, such as a souvenir, written text, or artwork. These tokens of the past render the long lost occurrences alive again, creating a new visual language. The purpose of this session is to explore the special connection between art and memory. The speakers, specialists in the field of art history, showcase their research spanning from the 11th, through the 15th, to the 20th century. They focus on diverse media: tapestries, paintings, and sculptures from clashing cultural centers: Western Europe and Persia. With a wide thematic angle ranging from collective memory, self-fashioning and national identity, materiality and objects of memory, tradition, commemoration, and knowledge, they explore diverse approaches to illustrate the extent of the problem.