IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 633: Illuminating Borders, II: Centre and Periphery

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Andrea Worm, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Moderator/Chair:Laura Cleaver, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 633-aThe Vices and Virtues as a Framing Device in Two 13th-Century Diagrams of the Ecclesia Romana
(Language: English)
Jennifer Shurville, St Cross College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 633-bFraming the Cosmos: The Borders of the Diagrams of Opicinus de Canistris, 1294-c. 1352
(Language: English)
Sarah Griffin, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 633-cTypology: Christological Images - Interpretive Frames
(Language: English)
Andrea Worm, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Furthermore, in medieval book illumination the area of the text and/or the picture is originally surrounded by blank margins. However, recent research has shown that artists did not understand margins and borders as limitations but as challenges regarding layout, space, and narrative. Boundaries were explored artistically and gained a variety of functions. In this session, issues of centre and periphery will be addressed more broadly in terms of how interpretive frames are created in medieval diagrams and guide the reader/viewers perception as is the case with the complex diagrams in Vercelli (Shurville) and Opicinus de Canistris (Griffin), but also with typological programs (Worm).