Session Title

Hidden and Revealed: New Research on the Art and Architecture of Parish Churches in Medieval England (1100-1600) I

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Sarah Blick

Organizer Affiliation

Kenyon College

Presider Name

Laura D. Gelfand

Presider Affiliation

Utah State Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Making of an English Medieval Rood Screen

Presenter 1 Name

Lucy Wrapson

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum, Univ. of Cambridge

Paper Title 2

Forging One and Fostering Many: The Open-Plan Parish Churches of Late Medieval England

Presenter 2 Name

Zachary Stewart

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Columbia Univ.

Paper Title 3

Totterhoe Clunch, Greensand, Oolitic Limestone: Using Local Materials in the Medieval Churches of Bedfordshire

Presenter 3 Name

David H. Kennett

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Start Date

15-5-2016 8:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1040

Description

Cathedrals are gorgeous and worthy of study, but it was the often-overlooked parish church that was at the heart of almost every community in later medieval England where people worshipped, held village celebrations, paid taxes, organized poor relief, and more. Artists and their patrons sought to create works of art that would continue to intrigue parishioners who might stop by the church most every day. Sculptures were hidden in nooks to be discovered by the wandering eye, painted rood screens offered layered imagery, and parishioners looked for apertures in the ceilings and floors where (on appropriate days) doves were released, incense burners swung, and water were splashed down on congregants while images of Christ seated on a rainbow were winched upward as devil dolls were tossed down into the trap below. These sessions seek papers that focus on how the visual arts engaged the local parish and how their position and movement (of the object or of people) added to the excitement of coming back to a building they knew so well.

Sarah Blick

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May 15th, 8:30 AM

Hidden and Revealed: New Research on the Art and Architecture of Parish Churches in Medieval England (1100-1600) I

Fetzer 1040

Cathedrals are gorgeous and worthy of study, but it was the often-overlooked parish church that was at the heart of almost every community in later medieval England where people worshipped, held village celebrations, paid taxes, organized poor relief, and more. Artists and their patrons sought to create works of art that would continue to intrigue parishioners who might stop by the church most every day. Sculptures were hidden in nooks to be discovered by the wandering eye, painted rood screens offered layered imagery, and parishioners looked for apertures in the ceilings and floors where (on appropriate days) doves were released, incense burners swung, and water were splashed down on congregants while images of Christ seated on a rainbow were winched upward as devil dolls were tossed down into the trap below. These sessions seek papers that focus on how the visual arts engaged the local parish and how their position and movement (of the object or of people) added to the excitement of coming back to a building they knew so well.

Sarah Blick