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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 229: Material Entanglements in Medieval Italian Art

Monday 3 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Nancy M. Thompson, Department of Art, St Olaf College, Minnesota
Moderator/Chair:Gerd Michelluzzi, DFG-Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe 'Imaginarien der Kraft', Universit├Ąt Hamburg
Paper 229-aNicola Pisano and the Symbiotic Nature of Craft
(Language: English)
Luca Palozzi, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Rhetoric, Science, Technology
Paper 229-bA Matter of Movement: Aristotle and Tactile Pheonomena in Trecento Painting
(Language: English)
Gerd Michelluzzi, DFG-Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe 'Imaginarien der Kraft', Universit├Ąt Hamburg
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Philosophy
Paper 229-cNetworks and Materials: Stained Glass at Santa Croce in Florence
(Language: English)
Nancy M. Thompson, Department of Art, St Olaf College, Minnesota
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - General, Technology

While materiality has been a key concern for medieval art historians since at least the year 2000, its cultural, geographical, economic and intellectual entanglements remain still largely unexplored. This session exemplifies three complementary lines of enquiry. Luca Palozzi's paper tackles the multi-material sculpture of Nicola Pisano in light of the symbiotic nature of craft typical of late medieval communal society, and thus reconstruct Nicola's proximity to differently-skilled artisans. Nancy Thompson's paper considers three early 14th-century stained-glass windows in the Florentine church of Santa Croce as complex networks of materials formed and constructed by networks of human labour that stretched from Tuscany to Germany and the Levant. Gerd Micheluzzi's paper re-reads instances in Trecento painting when depicted materials like fabric appear to be deformed by touch in light of the Aristotelian principle that everything that sets a body in motion must itself be a body.