IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 812: Devoted to the Body: Devotional Practices and Performances in Feminine Spirituality, II - Visual Culture

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Godelinde Gertrude Perk, Avdelningen för Humaniora, Mittuniversitets, Sundsvall
Lieke Andrea Smits, Centre for the Arts in Society, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Godelinde Gertrude Perk, Avdelningen för Humaniora, Mittuniversitets, Sundsvall
Paper 812-a'She often sweetly kissed the feet of the Lord's image': Sanctifying the Senses in Devotional Practices of the Low Countries
(Language: English)
Lieke Andrea Smits, Centre for the Arts in Society, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Dutch, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
Paper 812-bThe Cell on the Threshold: The Role of the Cell in Meditation Practice Visualised by the Housebook Master
(Language: English)
Sandra Kaden, Institut für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft, Technische Universität Dresden
Index terms: Art History - General, Daily Life, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 812-cA 17th-Century Booklet as Source for Research into the Continuity of Medieval Devotional Practices of (Semi-)Religious Women
(Language: English)
Evelyne Verheggen, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Religious Life
Abstract

Visual and material sources are connected to devotional practices in various ways: they incited performances, functioned as props, or formed a visual record. Thus they form valuable vestiges of past bodily performances that would otherwise have been lost. The papers in this session explore the sensory aspects of the use of images and objects in devotional practices of the Low Countries, a print by the Master of the Housebook which gives a unique insight into the prayer practices of the 15th century, and the meditational images in the spiritual booklet De gheestelycke vryagie, printed in 17th-century Brussels, testifying to the continuity of medieval devotional practices in the early modern period.