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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1731: Materialisation of Meaning: Objects in Extended Functions

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Maximilian Geiger, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Bern
Moderator/Chair:Maximilian Geiger, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Bern
Paper 1731-aLiturgical Garments: Iconography and Function in the Mass
(Language: English)
Sabrina Schmid, Independent Scholar, Günsberg
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Liturgy, Theology
Paper 1731-bTrue Blue: The Connection between Colour and Loyalty in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Matthew Ward, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Heraldry, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1731-cPolitics in Objects: The Great Cameo of France and the Semantics of Its Archaeology
(Language: English)
Maximilian Geiger, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Bern
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Politics and Diplomacy

The contributions of this session concern with the problem, how meaning can materialize in artworks and abstract terms and how objects critically reflect their assumed status as consistent entities. Literature, heraldic treatises and artworks are scrutinized in consideration of the colour blue in its prestigious value and further potentialities to articulate the virtue of loyalty in the late Middle Ages. Then, a chasuble with a late medieval cross and the Great Cameo of France, presumably from the first century BCE or the first century CE, will be examined in their particular historical and manufacturing context and related to broader art historical perspectives: paraments with figurative embroidery and the fabrication of cameos as wearable preciosities and as items of archaeological interest. Considering the relationship between the mariological program and the chasuble`s liturgical function as a critical moment as well as examining the cameo`s political iconography in regard of its material structre, the objects` semantic relevance unfolds in being relieved from the prominence of viewable and constant surfaces.