Seminar on Images and the Imaginary in the Medieval West

Friday, October 11, 1996Friday, November 15, 1996
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Medieval Studies Program

Jean-Claude Schmitt, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

The purpose of this seminar was to reflect on the place and evolution of images, considering both their material and cultural components and exploring the relationship between images and the human imagination in the medieval west. The course began with a historiographical analysis and a critical examination of the relationship between social history and the history of art. Participants addressed general transformations in attitudes toward images and the evolution in both the form and ritual function of the images themselves. Sessions focused on analysis of texts, especially unedited manuscript sources and iconographic images.

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