Session Title

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

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

How Shall This Be? The Annunciation in Medieval English Wall Paintings

Presenter 1 Name

Therese Notovny

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Marquette Univ.

Paper Title 2

Faces and Figures: The Varying Roles of Official and Informal Images in the Medieval English Parish Church

Presenter 2 Name

Crystal Hollis

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 3

Transience and Permanence: A Dual Address to Pilgrims and Locals by a Spanish Parish Church

Presenter 3 Name

Elizabeth Lastra

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Start Date

12-5-2018 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 2345

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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May 12th, 1:30 PM

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

Schneider 2345

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