Session Title

The Idea of Luxury and the Role of the Object

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Andrew Sears, Laura R. Tillery

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of California-Berkeley, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Presider Name

Andrew Sears

Paper Title 1

Economies of Luxury in the Mabinogi

Presenter 1 Name

Audrey Becker

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Marygrove College

Paper Title 2

The Functional Role of Luxury: Considering Utility in the Grandes Heures of Philip the Bold

Presenter 2 Name

Maggie S. Crosland

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Courtauld Institute of Art

Paper Title 3

Material Anxiety: Pendants and Sumptuary Law in the Late Middle Ages

Presenter 3 Name

Sophie Ong

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Rutgers Univ.

Start Date

14-5-2017 8:30 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1345

Description

As Christopher Berry has shown in The Idea of Luxury, the concept of luxury is determined by countless factors: it is situated by socio-economic forces, enacted politically, and both justified and critiqued by philosophy and theology. Luxury is also a difficult scholarly concept to contend with, requiring close engagement with these aforementioned fields as well as distance from our own modern judgments and conceptualizations.

Our panel seeks to integrate physical objects within such epistemological studies and consider anew the vital role of Art History. We hope to use artworks to reevaluate some fundamental questions: what is luxury, how is it manifested in physical terms, and what are its functions for patrons, makers, and beholders? We also hope to bring to the fore new questions about the role of luxury objects in shaping scholarly questions and Art History as a discipline, dealing with the nature of the canon, the extant corpus of objects, and the role of collecting practices through time. Indeed, in today’s economic climate, it seems time to consider luxury’s history, our relationship to it, and what art historical lines of inquiry can bring to bear on cultural commentary.

Andrew Sears and Laura Tillery

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May 14th, 8:30 AM

The Idea of Luxury and the Role of the Object

Schneider 1345

As Christopher Berry has shown in The Idea of Luxury, the concept of luxury is determined by countless factors: it is situated by socio-economic forces, enacted politically, and both justified and critiqued by philosophy and theology. Luxury is also a difficult scholarly concept to contend with, requiring close engagement with these aforementioned fields as well as distance from our own modern judgments and conceptualizations.

Our panel seeks to integrate physical objects within such epistemological studies and consider anew the vital role of Art History. We hope to use artworks to reevaluate some fundamental questions: what is luxury, how is it manifested in physical terms, and what are its functions for patrons, makers, and beholders? We also hope to bring to the fore new questions about the role of luxury objects in shaping scholarly questions and Art History as a discipline, dealing with the nature of the canon, the extant corpus of objects, and the role of collecting practices through time. Indeed, in today’s economic climate, it seems time to consider luxury’s history, our relationship to it, and what art historical lines of inquiry can bring to bear on cultural commentary.

Andrew Sears and Laura Tillery