Session Title

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

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

Recusants and Rescued Objects: The Saint Katherine Altarpiece of Lydiate

Presenter 1 Name

Lloyd de Beer

Presenter 1 Affiliation

British Museum

Paper Title 2

"With Angels for to Sing": East Anglian Angel Roofs, the Liturgy, and Lay Piety

Presenter 2 Name

Sarah Cassell

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of East Anglia

Paper Title 3

A Hidden Mappa Mundi in Norfolk: Trunch Parish Church Font Canopy

Presenter 3 Name

Sarah Blick

Start Date

15-5-2016 10:30 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 worshiped, 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, 10:30 AM

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

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 worshiped, 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