Session Title

Body and Soul in Medieval Visual Culture I

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Judith Soria, Jennifer Lyons

Organizer Affiliation

"Orient et Méditerranée", CNRS, Ithaca College

Presider Name

Judith Soria

Paper Title 1

Jesus and Lunatics in Early Christianity: Healing the Body and Soul

Presenter 1 Name

Bertrand Billot

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. de Paris I–Panthéon-Sorbonne

Paper Title 2

In Vasis Fictilibus: Gold and Clay in San Vittore Ciel d'Oro in Milan

Presenter 2 Name

Rachel Danford

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Loyola Univ. Maryland

Paper Title 3

Depictions of Body and Soul as Mirror in the Visio Philiberti

Presenter 3 Name

Christine Kralik

Presenter 3 Affiliation

OCAD University

Start Date

14-5-2017 8:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 2016

Description

Medieval theologians and artists wrestled with the dual "natures" of the human form: the soul, whose indefinite substance is connected with ideas of the animate, and the body, visible and mortal. Monastic life (supposed to be essentially spiritual) was organized, according to Byzantine typika and Western monastic rules, as a way to control the passions and to master the body by regulating the most pragmatic aspects of daily life so that monks could focus on tending the soul through prayer. Medieval artists responded to this tension between the spiritual and the corporeal in various ways in the visual arts of the Greek East and the Latin West. In Genesis cycles, for example, the animation of Adam and Eve expressed this duality without picturing the soul itself, while in representations of the Dormition of the Virgin, the soul of the Mother of God was typically presented in the form of an infant or small, pale body. This session seeks papers that explore the range of ways in which medieval artists responded to the anthropological duality of body and soul in the visual arts of the Byzantine and Western medieval worlds.

Judith Soria

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May 14th, 8:30 AM

Body and Soul in Medieval Visual Culture I

Fetzer 2016

Medieval theologians and artists wrestled with the dual "natures" of the human form: the soul, whose indefinite substance is connected with ideas of the animate, and the body, visible and mortal. Monastic life (supposed to be essentially spiritual) was organized, according to Byzantine typika and Western monastic rules, as a way to control the passions and to master the body by regulating the most pragmatic aspects of daily life so that monks could focus on tending the soul through prayer. Medieval artists responded to this tension between the spiritual and the corporeal in various ways in the visual arts of the Greek East and the Latin West. In Genesis cycles, for example, the animation of Adam and Eve expressed this duality without picturing the soul itself, while in representations of the Dormition of the Virgin, the soul of the Mother of God was typically presented in the form of an infant or small, pale body. This session seeks papers that explore the range of ways in which medieval artists responded to the anthropological duality of body and soul in the visual arts of the Byzantine and Western medieval worlds.

Judith Soria