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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1620: Blurred Boundaries between the Sacred and the Secular, II: Representations of Religious and Profane Power

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Dafna Nissim, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Moderator/Chair:Sharon Khalifa-Gueta, Department of the Arts Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer-Sheva
Paper 1620-a'From the sun's rising to its setting': Solar King and Christ in the Cappella Palatina Islamic Ceiling
(Language: English)
Lev Arie Kapitaikin, Department of Art History Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Decorative Arts, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1620-bThe Heavenly Banquet: Musical Imagery in the Archbishop's Palace of Santiago de Compostela, Earthly and Heavenly United
(Language: English)
Avia Shemesh, Department of Art History Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Art History - Sculpture
Paper 1620-cAdalbert of Bremen and Sacred Materialism
(Language: English)
Dimitri Tarat, Department of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Social History

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 brings together papers that examine the blurred boundaries in texts and images from the High Middle Ages. The speakers relate to the relationship between representations of earthly and divine power and methods of merger between these two authorities.