Session Title

New Research in Parish Church Art and Architecture in England and on the Continent, 1100-1600 II

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Sarah Blick

Organizer Affiliation

Kenyon College

Presider Name

Louise Hampson

Presider Affiliation

Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Univ. of York

Paper Title 1

Much More Than the Storage Room of a Church: The Function, Symbolism, and Prestige of the Treasury Room in the Late Middle Ages

Presenter 1 Name

Claire LaBrecque

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Winnipeg

Paper Title 2

License and Conformity in the Parish Churches of the Parisian Cathedral Chapter

Presenter 2 Name

Lindsay S. Cook

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Columbia Univ.

Paper Title 3

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

Presenter 3 Name

David H. Kennett

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 4

Thomas Loveday and Thomas Gooch: Two Suffolk Late Medieval Carpenters and Their Surviving Works

Presenter 4 Name

Lucy Wrapson

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Hamilton Kerr Institute, Univ. of Cambridge

Start Date

12-5-2017 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2020

Description

Medieval parish churches though created as placed to celebrate the liturgy, became true community centers. Parishioners would agree on business deals at the church door, hold village celebrations in the churchyard, and paid taxes, organized poor relief, lent out plows, placed fire-fighting equipment and agreed-upon weights and measures, and stored important documents in the nave and tower. Because villagers had reasons to enter the church almost every day, artist and patrons sought to create compelling visual images that would continue to engage the parishioners over many years.

These sessions seek papers that explore new approaches to some very old architecture, sculpture, painting, and other church furnishings. Why were certain plans acceptable and others ignored? What determined the placement of windows, doors, ceiling openings, and trapdoors and how did that change throughout the centuries? How did artists respond to increased demand from pious laypeople for intense, emotional devotion, but in a public space through ever-changing decorative programs?

Sarah Blick

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New Research in Parish Church Art and Architecture in England and on the Continent, 1100-1600 II

Fetzer 2020

Medieval parish churches though created as placed to celebrate the liturgy, became true community centers. Parishioners would agree on business deals at the church door, hold village celebrations in the churchyard, and paid taxes, organized poor relief, lent out plows, placed fire-fighting equipment and agreed-upon weights and measures, and stored important documents in the nave and tower. Because villagers had reasons to enter the church almost every day, artist and patrons sought to create compelling visual images that would continue to engage the parishioners over many years.

These sessions seek papers that explore new approaches to some very old architecture, sculpture, painting, and other church furnishings. Why were certain plans acceptable and others ignored? What determined the placement of windows, doors, ceiling openings, and trapdoors and how did that change throughout the centuries? How did artists respond to increased demand from pious laypeople for intense, emotional devotion, but in a public space through ever-changing decorative programs?

Sarah Blick