Colloque – (In)Sights Regarding Medieval Art. A Tribute to Herbert L. Kessler

Aguilar de Campoo, October 21st-23rd 2021
Conference Convenors: Gerardo Boto Varela – Alejandro García Avilés

For the last eleven years, we have organised the international colloquium Ars Mediaevalis in Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia, Castile, Spain), the headquarters of the Fundación Santa María la Real. Each edition has proposed a cross-cutting argument that, in accordance with current methodological approaches, has allowed us to analyse and understand relevant aspects of Medieval Art. The results of these colloquia are published year after year -once the mandatory peer-reviews are received- in the journal Codex Aqvilarensis. Revista de Arte Medieval, whose contents are open-access in full.

In organising the successive editions of Ars Mediaevalis, as well as in preparing the corresponding issue of Codex Aqvilarensis, we have been privileged to have the expertise and friendship of Herbert L. Kessler, who is acknowledged as one of the most eminent and inspiring scholars in the historiography of Medieval Art in recent decades. This year 2021 Professor Kessler will be 80 years old. On this occasion, we would like to celebrate his anniversary with a tribute in the form of a special edition of the colloquium Ars Mediaevalis, with the participation of some relevant international scholars who have forged a long and fertile relationship with Professor Kessler. The holding of this academic meeting by Spanish academic institutions will be a unique opportunity, with an unquestionable relevance in the landscape of international medievalism.

CONFERENCE MODALITIES (in person and online)

The conference will be held simultaneously in face-to-face and online modes. The on-site sessions will be subject to capacity and to the security regulations established by the authorities at the time of the conference.

Those registered for the online version will be provided with a link at the beginning of the conference to access the lectures in real time. In addition, all contributions will be recorded and posted on a private channel, where they will be available for one month. This resource will allow registered scholars to review the contributions as many times as they wish.

Programme :

21st OCT 2021 (Fundación Sta. Ma la Real Headquarter)
Chair: Javier Martínez de Aguirre / Universidad Complutense de Madrid
09.15 h.: Registration
09.30 h.: General Introduction
09.50 h.: Vincent Debiais (EHESS): Une théologie de l’informel : le pli et son ombre dans le bénédictionnaire d’Æthelwold
10.30 h.: Stefano Riccioni (Università Ca Foscari-Venezia): “The European connection”. Arte e teoria dell’arte durante la Riforma della Chiesa (secoli XI-XII)
11.10 h.: Questions
11.30 h.: Coffee break
11.50 h.: Beate Fricke (Universität Bern): Wisdom’s Creation: A Double Beginning in the Stammheim Missal (1160-1170)
12.30 h: Questions
13.00 h: Act of Tribute to Herbert L. Kessler (Monastery of Santa María la Real)

Afternoon (Fundación Sta. Ma la Real Headquarter)
Chair: Marc Sureda / Museu Episcopal Vic-TEMPLA
15.30 h.: Francesca Dell’Acqua (Università di Salerno): An Image of Authority. The Ivory Plaque with the Enthroned Virgin from Aachen, c. 800-810

16.10 h.: Jeffrey F. Hamburger (Harvard University): “The Triple Essence of the Visual Process”, or Thinking with Diagrams in the Middle Ages and Modernity ON LINE
16.50 h.: Questions
17.10 h.: Coffee break

17.30 h.: Presentation and dialogue on the book of Herbert L. Kessler – Experiencing Medieval Art (Univ. of Toronto Press) / La experiencia del arte medieval (Akal)
18.30 h.: Visit to Revilla de Santullán

22 OCT 2021 Palencia. Villa romana de La Olmeda – Saldaña
Chair: Fernando Gutiérrez Baños / Universidad de Valladolid
09.45 h.: Éric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers): Anachronic Limitations: A Medieval Reflection on the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni
10.25 h.: Allegra Iafrate (Ministero degli Affari Esteri): Medieval Treasure Guides: An Unexplored Genre ON LINE

11.05 h.: Debate
11.25 h.: Descanso
11.45 h.: Marcia Kupfer (Washington D.C.). Nails and Blacksmiths in Ethiopian Art (13th–19th centuries)
12.25 h.: Celia Chazelle (The College of New Jersey): Slavery, Race, Empire: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth- Century Representations of Gregory with the English Slaves
13.05 h.: Debate
16.00 h.: Visita a Tamara, Santoyo, Astudillo. G. Boto / F. Gutiérrez-Baños

23 OCT 2021 (Monastery of Sta. María la Real)
Presidencia de Sesión: Justin Kroesen / University Bergen
09.30 h.: Rocío Sánchez Ameijeiras (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela): From the end to the Beginning: Time, Movement and Cosmology at the Dawn of the Gothic
10.10 h.: Nino Zchomelidse (Johns Hopkins University): Peter of Eboli’s Liber ad honorem Augusti. Some thoughts about the intersection of art and knowledge in medieval southern Italy
10.50 h.: Debate
11.10 h.: Descanso
11.30 h.: Assaf Pinkus (Tel Aviv University): Experiencing the Gigantic in Late Medieval Art
12.10 h.: Beatrice Kitzinger (Princeton University): Scriptural Time and Painted Text in the First Bible of Charles the Bald ON LINE
12:50 h.: Debate
13.10 h: Conclusiones y perspectivas: G. Boto Varela – A. García Avilés – H. L. Kessler
13.20 h.: Clausura y entrega de certificados a los asistentes

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