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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 833: Illuminating Borders, IV: Refraining Content - Recontextualising Frames

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Andrea Worm, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Moderator/Chair:Daniela Wagner, Kunsthistorisches Institut Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Paper 833-a(Re-)Framing Traditional Knowledge for New Readers in 15th-Century Multiple-Text Books
(Language: English)
Hanna M. Wimmer, Sonderforschungsbereich 950 'Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa' / Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 833-bMargins in Medieval Manuscripts: Where Contents and the Owner Meet
(Language: English)
Hanno Wijsman, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 833-cReframing Medieval Miniatures: Sales of Cuttings, c. 1900-1930
(Language: English)
Laura Cleaver, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medievalism and Antiquarianism

The fourth and last session will follow up the aspect of materiality, and address issues of framing and reframing. Composite manuscripts provide instructive material for research, because in putting together content of a sometimes heterogenous nature, interpretative frameworks are created by the book in its very character as a material unit (Wimmer). In late medieval manuscripts, borders and frames become areas of predominant artistic attention with a stunning variety of decorative means. They also lend themselves as representative spaces for indications of ownership, and in that sense are the area where owner and manuscript meet (Wijsman). The sessions will be rounded up by addressing questions of cuttings of borders and the changing perspective of the book/art market (Cleaver). It is somewhat ironic that the appreciation of medieval manuscripts and their borders as artful objects often led to their destruction when manuscripts where (and are) cut up. Their rearrangement, however, is often instructive for our understanding of the art market and the changing taste of collectors.