IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 136: Reconstituting the Middle Ages: Using Medieval Sources to Recover the Material Past, I - The Problem of Reconstructing Lost Monuments

Monday 1 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Laura Cleaver, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Moderator/Chair:Laura Cleaver, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 136-aThe Forgotten Colossus: Reconstructing a Cross-Cultural Biography of a Mediterranean Monument
(Language: English)
Elena Boeck, Yale University
Elena Boeck, Yale University
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Byzantine Studies
Paper 136-bAnchorites' Cells and Lepers' Squints: Medieval or Modern Materialities?
(Language: English)
Victoria Yuskaitis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Victoria Yuskaitis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Religious, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 136-cVisualizing the Material Past at Later Medieval St Albans Abbey
(Language: English)
Deirdre Carter, Department of Art History, Florida State University
Deirdre Carter, Department of Art History, Florida State University
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Historiography - Medieval
Abstract

The material turn has put art history at the forefront of historical and cultural studies. Yet for medievalists the loss of so much material evidence continues to be a frustrating reality. Textual accounts of buildings, interiors, and objects, together with documentation of secular collections and sacred treasuries, appear to offer tantalizing glimpses of medieval life, but these accounts sometimes sit awkwardly with surviving objects. These linked sessions will examine how we can attempt to reconstruct the lost material past and what we might hope to gain by doing so. The first session tackles the challenge of reconstructing lost monuments from written sources and introduces some possible approaches.