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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1748: Imagination, Splendour, and Alchemy in the High and Later Middle Ages

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Dutch Research School for Medieval Studies
Organiser:Sven Meeder, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Moderator/Chair:Sven Meeder, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Paper 1748-aThe Usage of Space, Time, and Imagination in Hadewijch's Fifth Vision
(Language: English)
Mark Verweij, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Lay Piety, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 1748-bLate Medieval Alchemical Comprehension
(Language: English)
Johanna Katharina Geremia, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Education, Medicine, Science
Paper 1748-cThe Virtue Magnificence: Theories and Practices in France and the Burgundian Lands
(Language: English)
Mats Dijkdrent, Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Architecture - General, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Abstract

This session explores the various accomplishments of medieval imagination in high- and late- medieval northwestern Europe. A novel approach to one of the visions of the 13th-century poet and mystic Hadewijch will shed new light on the conceptions of 'hell' and 'purgatory'. The (super)natural is approached quite differently in the 'laboratory manual' of Albertus Magnus, testifying to the entanglement of science and imagination in alchemy. The recognition north of the Alps of the virtue of magnificence supported the patronage of imagination not only in virtuous architecture, but in a much broader set of cultural activity.