Icons of Sound: The Living Image, its Music, and its Sacred Space in the Middle Ages

Icons of Sound: The Living Image, its Music, and its Sacred Space in the Middle Ages
Date
17 Jun 2019, 18:30 to 17 Jun 2019, 20:00
Type
Lecture
Venue
Room G7, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

Dr Bissera V. Pentcheva, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University

Public Keynote Lecture accompanying the Bilderfahrzeuge workshop "Image/ Vessel"

Since the Renaissance, Western culture has promoted naturalism and the ability of the painter or sculptor to imitate nature and produce a lifelike image. By contrast, medieval culture privileged liveliness, stemming from the changing appearance of materials like gold, enamel and gems. This material flux was activated by ambient conditions such as the movement of diurnal light and shadows across the complex surfaces, or glitter stirred by the flicker of candles. Similarly, the cult images were continuously enveloped in the sound of chant. This lecture explores this temporal animation of glitter and reverberation by focusing on the twelfth-century golden retable from the monastery of Stavelot (Belgium). 

Image: Retable from the Abbey of Stavelot (detail), 12th century, Musée de Cluny. 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE REGISTER BELOW. 

The research project ‘Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology’ is dedicated to the study of the migration of images and ideas, objects and texts. They are explored from a political perspective and in a broad historical and geographical context. The project, which was initiated in 2014, is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education. For more information please visit our website at: https://bilderfahrzeuge.hypotheses.org/


Contact

Warburg Events
warburg@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8910