Session Title

Material Processes and Making in Medieval Art and Architecture

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Meredith Cohen, Kristine Tanton

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of California-Los Angeles, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Univ. of California-Los Angeles

Presider Name

Kristine Tanton, Meredith Cohen

Paper Title 1

Did Sculptors Draw? Reproductive Means, Projectual and "Cognitive" Tools in Italian Sculptural Workshops around Giotto's Time

Presenter 1 Name

Luca Palozzi

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Edinburgh

Paper Title 2

Gilding Is Silly: Illuminators' Complaints in the Fleur des histoires

Presenter 2 Name

Nicholas A. Herman

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. de Montréal

Paper Title 3

Making of a New Order: Fourteenth-Century Bohemian Canons

Presenter 3 Name

Alice Klima

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Georgia

Paper Title 4

Six Floors None the Process: Making Mosaic Pavements in Pavia during the Middle Ages

Presenter 4 Name

Maddalena Vaccaro

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. degli Studi di Salerno

Start Date

13-5-2016 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1235

Description

Art historians traditionally focus on the finished work, yet attention to the creative process of making allows us to consider how medieval builders and artisans constructed monuments, made objects, and planned workflow for large-scale projects. Furthermore, this line of inquiry allows us to consider spatial planning and haptic encounters. The use of new technologies such as digital reconstructions, laser scans, 3D printing, and other imaging tools provides scholars with the opportunity to understand the conceptual processes of art making in the Middle Ages as never before through reverse engineering.

Recent art-historical scholarship has reintroduced interest in the materiality/object-ness of medieval art and architecture and attendant somatic responses. Analysis of the processes of making is fundamental to this renewed interest in the relationship between materiality and human experience of the art object. Together, these inquiries will yield new insights into the social, economic, political, and practical conditions of production. This session will address multiple media, such as sculpture and manuscripts.

Kristine Tanton

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May 13th, 3:30 PM

Material Processes and Making in Medieval Art and Architecture

Schneider 1235

Art historians traditionally focus on the finished work, yet attention to the creative process of making allows us to consider how medieval builders and artisans constructed monuments, made objects, and planned workflow for large-scale projects. Furthermore, this line of inquiry allows us to consider spatial planning and haptic encounters. The use of new technologies such as digital reconstructions, laser scans, 3D printing, and other imaging tools provides scholars with the opportunity to understand the conceptual processes of art making in the Middle Ages as never before through reverse engineering.

Recent art-historical scholarship has reintroduced interest in the materiality/object-ness of medieval art and architecture and attendant somatic responses. Analysis of the processes of making is fundamental to this renewed interest in the relationship between materiality and human experience of the art object. Together, these inquiries will yield new insights into the social, economic, political, and practical conditions of production. This session will address multiple media, such as sculpture and manuscripts.

Kristine Tanton