Session Title

Visualizing Identity in the Middle Ages: Coins, Seals, and Material Culture

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Susan Solway

Organizer Affiliation

DePaul Univ.

Presider Name

Susan Solway

Paper Title 1

Interwoven Identities: The Luttrell Table Carpet from the Burrell Collection

Presenter 1 Name

James Robinson

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Burrell Collection

Paper Title 2

Conflicted Temporalities? Medieval Seals as Evidence of the Past

Presenter 2 Name

Lloyd de Beer

Presenter 2 Affiliation

British Museum

Paper Title 3

Keeping it in the Family: Minting and the Anglo-Saxon "State"

Presenter 3 Name

Jeremy Piercy

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Edinburgh

Start Date

10-5-2019 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1325

Description

Visualizing Identity in the Middle Ages: Coins, Seals, and Material Culture


This session explores the multifarious ways that artists visualized identity in the material culture of the Middle Ages, particularly in coins and seals as well as in other objects. How did such objects serve as vehicles for claims of identity, as well as related claims of authority and legitimacy, with goals or subtexts that included the politics of self- presentation; the construction of personal, civic, national and cultural identity; the advertisement of dynastic succession, and much more? How did medieval beholders experience these messages and how did this experience contribute to the value of these objects as powerful forces of social, cultural, and political legitimization?

Intentionally broad in its focus and designed to transcend national and cultural boundaries, this session seeks papers from late antiquity through the 15th century that consider any aspect of this topic and/or shift the interpretive emphasis of what is conventionally thought of as medieval art, from aesthetic or formalist toward function, agency, presentation and reception. Susan Solway

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May 10th, 3:30 PM

Visualizing Identity in the Middle Ages: Coins, Seals, and Material Culture

Schneider 1325

Visualizing Identity in the Middle Ages: Coins, Seals, and Material Culture


This session explores the multifarious ways that artists visualized identity in the material culture of the Middle Ages, particularly in coins and seals as well as in other objects. How did such objects serve as vehicles for claims of identity, as well as related claims of authority and legitimacy, with goals or subtexts that included the politics of self- presentation; the construction of personal, civic, national and cultural identity; the advertisement of dynastic succession, and much more? How did medieval beholders experience these messages and how did this experience contribute to the value of these objects as powerful forces of social, cultural, and political legitimization?

Intentionally broad in its focus and designed to transcend national and cultural boundaries, this session seeks papers from late antiquity through the 15th century that consider any aspect of this topic and/or shift the interpretive emphasis of what is conventionally thought of as medieval art, from aesthetic or formalist toward function, agency, presentation and reception. Susan Solway