IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 302: The Body in Medieval Art, II

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organiser:Wendelien A. W. Van Welie-Vink, Afdeling Kunst- en cultuurwetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Julian Gardner, Department of the History of Art, University of Warwick
Paper 302-aOn the Borders of Prudence: The Limits of Sexual Intercourse in Medieval Images
(Language: English)
Huib Iserief, Afdeling Kunst- en cultuurwetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Paper 302-bPointing Fingers: The Annunciation in Early Renaissance Italy
(Language: English)
Floris de Beij, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Paper 302-cSacred or Scandalous?: How to Approach Depictions of Genitals in Medieval Art
(Language: English)
Wendelien A. W. Van Welie-Vink, Afdeling Kunst- en cultuurwetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting
Abstract

Medieval expressions, thoughts, and iconographies on the human body frequently surpass the borders of its material, corporeal reality. Small iconographical details on these bodies often grasp the gaze of the viewer, such as the wounds of Christ, or the hand of GabriĆ«l in scenes of the Annunciation. In many cases, these details inform us of the significance of the human body for understanding corporality and matters beyond the body. Artists often embedded messages in these corporal details. We will aim to uncover these messages and meanings, as our contemporary minds often cannot grasp the medieval body and it’s use.

In these sessions, researchers and students will approach images of the body in medieval art within and beyond the borders of the physical body. Through various artworks of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, we will seek to assess how the body was represented to construct an iconography related to mundane topics such as hygiene, prudence, and promiscuity but also on divine topics such as the incarnation.