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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 829: Entanglements of Senses and Networks of Images in Byzantine and Western Medieval Art

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Lora Webb, Department of Art & Art History Stanford University / Bibliotheca Hertziana Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte Roma
Paper 829-aEntangled Threads: Byzantine Embroidered Aëres and Epitaphioi from the 14th and 15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Catherine Volmensky, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, University of British Columbia
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Liturgy
Paper 829-bNetworking the Senses: The Circulation of Voice Portrayals in Late Medieval Tympana
(Language: English)
Yael Elias, Department of Art History Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Sculpture, Liturgy, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 829-cThe Circulation of Iconographic Models between France and the Byzantine Empire in the 12th-13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Elias Feitosa de Amorim Junior, L'École d'Histoire de l'Art et d'Archéologie, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Biblical Studies, Byzantine Studies

Paper -a:
The aër-epitaphios of John of Skopje (1340-60), a late Byzantine embroidered veil, shows the recumbent figure of the dead Christ. Similar types of embroidered veils were found in religious spaces throughout Byzantium. Drawing on a theory of line and ornament, this paper discusses the entangled artistic, religious, and economic networks of workshops and donors shared between Thessaloniki, Mount Athos, and the regions of the Balkan Peninsula. Through this methodology, this paper traces the movement of images across spaces and mediums, and provides a new approach to Byzantine textiles to demonstrate the vibrant and multifaceted connectivity between regions.

'Vocal' images of scream and terror in Romanesque sculpture are well renowned. My paper, however, aims to demonstrate the sound potentiality of late medieval voice portrayals - for example figures speaking, singing or laughing - sculpted on tympana of nord-alpine churches. Their communicative expressions and their possible affinity to the local liturgy and ecclesial theatre will be investigated, as well as their transfer and exchange of style and practices. Likewise, I will discuss the network and entanglements of the aural and visual senses of the contemporary viewer when confronted with such depictions, in light of vocal and audible conventions and their translation into visual representations.

Paper -c:
The aim of this paper is to analyse hagiographic themes related to the stained glass windows from Chartres Cathedral, focusing it as representative of a circulation of Byzantine visual motifs in France in the 12th and 13th centuries. It is a matter of looking for evidences, that are, the fine lines that shape a network of ideas, models, and skills based on the concept of cultural transfer and exchange between East and West in the Late Middle Ages. The circulation and exchanging are based upon a set of interdisciplinary methodologies of concepts and ideas like the numerous possibilities of transformation through categories of hybridization, importing, recast, and translating between cultures and corporations.