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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1647: Reception of Texts in Medieval Art and Learning

Thursday 6 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Diane J. Reilly, Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University, Bloomington
Paper 1647-aReception of the Iconography of the Buch Der Heiligen Dreifaltigkeit in Later Alchemical Manuscripts and Printed Books, 1410-1419
(Language: English)
Sergei Zotov, 'Russian Anthropology School' Institute, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Science, Theology
Paper 1647-bCarolingian Receptions of Vitruvius' De architectura
(Language: English)
Matthew Brian Edholm, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Architecture - General, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Monasticism
Paper 1647-cUntangling the Milites Christi Illustrated in an Aretine Hagiographic Lectionary of the 11th-Century Church Reform Movement (Firenze, Biblioteque Nazionale, MS F.N.II.I.412)
(Language: English)
Charles S. Buchanan, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Hagiography, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought

Paper -a:
This paper analyses later reception of one of the first European alchemical treatises, illustrated with allegorical images and known only in manuscripts. This book was an attempt to reconcile alchemy and religion: it is filled with mystical and alchemical visions. This treatise incorporated the oldest alchemical imagery from Arabic and Latin miscellanies of 11th-13th centuries. I have gathered a corpus of 20 illuminated copies of the Buch, some of which have not previously been researched, and on their example will analyse the textual and visual reception of this treatise in such alchemical works as Vera scientia alhimie in figuris (late 15th century), Pseudo-Ficino's Liber de arte chemica (1518), Pandora: die edlste Gab Gottes (1582), and Viatorium spagyricum (1625).

Paper -b:
This paper discusses Carolingian uses of Vitruvius' De Architectura, particularly Alcuin's letter 308 to Charlemagne, Einhard's letter to Vussin, and Rudolf of Fulda's Miracula Sanctorum.

Paper -c:
The earliest large-scale manuscripts associated with the 11th-century Church reform movement were produced in a network of locales in central Italy and Tuscany. This paper focuses on a Hagiographic Lectionary created arguably at the monastery of St Flora and St Lucilla in Arezzo in the early 1060s. The iconography of this manuscript is entangled with the ideas of two critical members of the Roman Curia who were deeply involved in reformist efforts in Arezzo: Peter Damian, cardinal-bishop of Ostia and Hildebrand, archdeacon of Rome. Many of the saints illustrated in the manuscript are improperly dressed in military attire and thus embody milites Christi. This paper untangles their reception by the manuscript's varied viewers during the Investiture Struggle.