IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 236: Reconstituting the Middle Ages: Using Medieval Sources to Recover the Material Past, II - Working with Inventories

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Laura Cleaver, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Paper 236-aThings Forgotten: The Inventories of the Liber Eliensis
(Language: English)
Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 236-bMatthew Paris and the Jewels at St Albans
(Language: English)
Judith Collard, Department of History & Art History, University of Otago, New Zealand
Judith Collard, Department of History & Art History, University of Otago, New Zealand
Judith Collard, Department of History & Art History, University of Otago, New Zealand
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 236-cIvory in the Inventories of Charles V of France and His Contemporaries
(Language: English)
Marian Bleeke, Beloit College, Wisconsin
Marian Bleeke, Beloit College, Wisconsin
Marian Bleeke, Beloit College, Wisconsin
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Sculpture
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 second session addresses one of the major types of record of lost objects, inventories, as evidence for medieval material culture.