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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1736: The Things They Carried: Bishops and Their Objects

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:EPISCOPUS: Society for the Study of Bishops and Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Sigrid Danielson, Department of Art & Design, College of Liberal Arts & Science, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Moderator/Chair:Diane J. Reilly, Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University, Bloomington
Paper 1736-aThe Cleric's Staff as a Cult Object
(Language: English)
Melanie Hanan, Department of Art History, Fordham University
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Liturgy
Paper 1736-bThe Things They Carry Re-Presented: Episcopal Simulacra or Decorative Ephemera
(Language: English)
Evan Gatti, Department of Art & Art History, Elon University, North Carolina
Index terms: Art History - General, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 1736-cFrom Objects of Desire to Sumptuary Legacy: Meanings and Uses of the Artistic Works of the Toledo Archbishops in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
María Dolores Teijeira Pablos, Instituto de Estudios Medievales, Universidad de León
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 1736-dClothes and the Bishop: Episcopal Dress in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Patricia Cullum, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History

This session examines the roles of objects as bearers of meaning for the medieval episcopal and secular clergy. Portable items such as staffs, gems, combs, manuscripts, garments, plate, and reliquaries were performed both by their original owners and in the owners' afterlives to establish identity and shape memory. In these papers, speakers will explore the sumptuary objects of late medieval Toledan archbishops and their posthumous destinations, the construction of the Visigothic hermit Aemilian's walking staff as a cult object, bequests of vestments to sustain relationships in late medieval England, and the recreation of such objects as simulacra in new media.