IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1640: Ancestral Roots: Memory and Arboreal Imagery across Cultures, II - The Christian Tradition

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Trames Arborescentes Project
Organisers:Pippa Salonius, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Naïs Virenque, Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François Rabelais, Tours
Moderator/Chair:Antoine Paris, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris / Université de Montréal, Québec
Paper 1640-aBeyond Eden: Arboreal Images in Female Mystical Literature
(Language: English)
Sergi Sancho Fibla, Temps, Espaces, Langages, Europe Méridionale - Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille Université
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1640-bApulian Trees and the Democritean Tradition of the Art of Memory: At the Crossroads of Latin and Graeco-Byzantine Rhetoric in 14th-Century Franciscan Culture
(Language: English)
Naïs Virenque, Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François Rabelais, Tours
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Literacy and Orality, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1640-cBack to the Garden
(Language: English)
Guita Lamsechi, Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Art History - General, Education, Liturgy, Sermons and Preaching

Papers in this session focus on the Christian tradition and the cultural variety of its arboreal imagery. The first paper in this session assesses the diagrammatic backbone, the mnemonic aptness and the branching layout of arboreal images in the mystical literature of medieval women. Our second paper illustrates how the Simonidian art of memory intersects with the Democritean tradition in Franciscan devotional culture in Puglia. The final paper points to changes in iconography in the Trees of Jesse in Xanten, Haarlem and Worms, where the motif’s organic shape was enlivened in an ongoing process of meditative performance and engagement.