Session Title

Monumental Crucifixes: Histories, Materials, and Meanings

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Dommuseum Hildesheim; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Organizer Name

Marietta Cambareri

Organizer Affiliation

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Presider Name

Shirin A. Fozi

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Pittsburgh

Paper Title 1

Between Vadstena and Florence: A New Look at Crucifixes in Europe around 1400

Presenter 1 Name

Gerhard Lutz

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Dommuseum Hildesheim

Paper Title 2

"Hoc maiorum religioso exemplo": The Medieval Origins of Milan's Stational Crosses

Presenter 2 Name

Pamela A. V. Stewart

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Eastern Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 3

Christ in the Wunderkammer: Displaying the Crucifix at Barcelona's Museu Frederic Marès

Presenter 3 Name

Michelle Oing

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Yale Univ.

Paper Title 4

The Scientific Examination of Romanesque Polychrome Wood Crucifixes: A Cooperative Effort between the Metropolitan Museum and French Conservators

Presenter 4 Name

Lucretia Kargère

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Start Date

7-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Sangren 1740

Description

This session will focus on large-scale depictions of Christ on the cross. As a central motif of medieval European visual culture, these objects enjoyed broad currency from their origins in the decades around 1000 until the Protestant Reformation and in many parts of the world, related statues have continued to be produced for liturgical use until the present day. In the Middle Ages such sculptures inspired miraculous visions and iconoclastic rebellions; in modern museums they raise difficult questions about display and interpretation because, unlike comparatively soothing statues of the enthroned Madonna, crucifixes force conversations about histories of pain, death, and resurrection that may be alien and uncomfortable for secular audiences.

Signed: Shirin Fozi

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May 7th, 10:00 AM

Monumental Crucifixes: Histories, Materials, and Meanings

Sangren 1740

This session will focus on large-scale depictions of Christ on the cross. As a central motif of medieval European visual culture, these objects enjoyed broad currency from their origins in the decades around 1000 until the Protestant Reformation and in many parts of the world, related statues have continued to be produced for liturgical use until the present day. In the Middle Ages such sculptures inspired miraculous visions and iconoclastic rebellions; in modern museums they raise difficult questions about display and interpretation because, unlike comparatively soothing statues of the enthroned Madonna, crucifixes force conversations about histories of pain, death, and resurrection that may be alien and uncomfortable for secular audiences.

Signed: Shirin Fozi