Session Title

New Research in Medieval Parish Church Art and Architecture I: Pilgrimage and Movement in the Medieval Parish Church

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Sarah Blick

Organizer Affiliation

Kenyon College

Presider Name

Therese Novotny

Presider Affiliation

Carroll Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Church of Santiago of Carrión: Pilgrimage and Urbanization in Twelfth-Century Iberia

Presenter 1 Name

John Seasholtz

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Birmingham

Paper Title 2

Pilgrims in the Parish: Two English Case Studies

Presenter 2 Name

Catherine E. Hundley

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Kenyon College

Paper Title 3

Moving in Place: English Late Gothic Parish Church Baptismal Font Covers

Presenter 3 Name

Sarah Blick

Start Date

9-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1160

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 9th, 10:00 AM

New Research in Medieval Parish Church Art and Architecture I: Pilgrimage and Movement in the Medieval Parish Church

Schneider 1160

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