IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1137: The Northern and Iberian Crusades: Visual Propaganda in the Borderlands

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens, Institute of Communication, Culture & Information Technology, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Moderator/Chair:Miguel A. Torrens, Collection Development Department University of Toronto Libraries
Paper 1137-aCrusader Art in the Baltic: Warrior Saints, Palmers, and Peregrinos in the Baltic Region on the Northern Baptismal Fonts
(Language: English)
Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens, Institute of Communication, Culture & Information Technology, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Index terms: Art History - General, Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy
Paper 1137-bVisual Rhetoric in the Period of the Baltic Crusades
(Language: English)
Kersti Markus, School of Humanities, Tallinn University
Index terms: Architecture - General, Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Crusades
Paper 1137-cCatalan and Castilian Representation of Conquest in the Cantigas de Santa Maria and the 'Conquista de Mallorca'
(Language: English)
Eileen McKiernan González, Department of Art & Art History, Berea College, Kentucky
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Crusades, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Abstract

This session explores the visual evidence created to galvanize, persuade and justify the holy wars undertaken in the borderlands of the Baltic and Iberian regions during the 12th and 13th centuries. In recent years, debates have focused on the historical sources pertaining to the crusades in the these regions, with little deliberation on the visual testimony. The aim of this session is to open and extend the current discourse on what has traditionally constituted ‘crusader art and architecture’ in the geographic regions around the Mediterranean and include the borderlands. Participants will investigate how the crusader rhetoric and propoganda, the biblical two-sword concept (Luke 22:38) and visual associations with the First Crusade were adopted, embraced and reconfigured to promote the on-going conquests to Christianize the borderlands.