IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1520: Blurred Boundaries between the Sacred and the Secular, I: Manuscripts' Decorations

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Dafna Nissim, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Moderator/Chair:Vered Tohar, Department of Literature of the Jewish People Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan
Paper 1520-aSecular and Devotional Symbolism in Jewellery Depictions: A Comparison between Flemish and Italian Book Illumination
(Language: English)
Serena Franzon, Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali, Università degli Studi di Padova
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1520-bThe Secular and the Sacred in an Illustrated Opening from the Book of Hours of Louis of Laval
(Language: English)
Dafna Nissim, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1520-cThe Economics of Penitential Pedagogy: Accounting for Sin in the Vernon Paternoster Diagram
(Language: English)
Haijiang Jiang, Department of English, Northwestern University
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Theology
Abstract

Medieval texts of various genres and images in diverse media reflect both religious and mundane themes and sacred and secular motifs. Recent scholarship relates to the relationship between them and maintains that they were always in dialogue with one another. Moreover, contemporary audiences were experienced in interpreting the texts and images that evidenced that dialogue and were ready to embrace both ‘truths’.
This session introduces papers that examine illustrations and decorated borders in manuscripts produced between the 14th and the 16th centuries. The speakers examine the meaning of the merger between the secular and the sacred in late medieval illustrations.