Session Title

The Matter of Ornament

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Ashley Jones

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Florida

Presider Name

Ashley Jones

Paper Title 1

Material Presence and Painted Ornament in Carolingian Gospel Books

Presenter 1 Name

Beth Fischer

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Paper Title 2

Mediating the Earthly and Sacred: The Play of Ornament in Liturgical Objects from Saint-Denis

Presenter 2 Name

Gerry Guest

Presenter 2 Affiliation

John Carroll Univ.

Paper Title 3

Ornament as Interface: The Significance of Ornament in Intercultural Encounters

Presenter 3 Name

Johannes von Müller

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Warburg Institute/Max Weber Stiftung, Bonn

Paper Title 4

Ornament's Matter and Painting's Fiction in the Chapels of Charles IV

Presenter 4 Name

Allison McCann

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Pittsburgh

Start Date

14-5-2017 10:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 2040

Description

Ornament has long occupied a troubled position in the history of western art. Subject to rising and falling fashions, it has been beset from all sides. Derided as feminine and dismissed as superficial, ornament has been defined against both classical and modern austerities. Medieval ornament, like so much of medieval art, has acted as foil in the grand narratives of the rise and fall of figuration and abstraction. But broader trends in the history of art and material culture have, in recent years, highlighted the role medieval objects, with their simultaneously heightened physicality and spirituality, can play in illuminating profound questions of the nature of matter and representation. This panel seeks to add ornament--arguably a fundamental mode of premodern abstraction--to that equation, through papers that investigate the intersections of materiality, representationality, and ornamentality in medieval material culture.

Ashley Jones

University of Florida

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May 14th, 10:30 AM

The Matter of Ornament

Fetzer 2040

Ornament has long occupied a troubled position in the history of western art. Subject to rising and falling fashions, it has been beset from all sides. Derided as feminine and dismissed as superficial, ornament has been defined against both classical and modern austerities. Medieval ornament, like so much of medieval art, has acted as foil in the grand narratives of the rise and fall of figuration and abstraction. But broader trends in the history of art and material culture have, in recent years, highlighted the role medieval objects, with their simultaneously heightened physicality and spirituality, can play in illuminating profound questions of the nature of matter and representation. This panel seeks to add ornament--arguably a fundamental mode of premodern abstraction--to that equation, through papers that investigate the intersections of materiality, representationality, and ornamentality in medieval material culture.

Ashley Jones

University of Florida