Symposium | Ornamenta Sacra, 1400–1800

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 1, 2019

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Ornamenta Sacra: Late Medieval and Early Modern Liturgical Objects in a European Context, 1400–1800
Brussels and Leuven, 24–26 October 2019

We are pleased to invite you to Ornamenta Sacra: Late Medieval and Early Modern Liturgical Objects in a European Context, 1400–1800 October 24–26 in Brussels and Leuven. The symposium is organised in the framework of a Brain-Belspo funded project, led by Ralph Dekoninck (GEMCA, UCLouvain), Barbara Baert (IRG/Illuminare, KU Leuven), and Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA). You can confirm your participation by registering here.

The symposium is dedicated to the iconological and anthropological study of late medieval and early modern liturgical objects (1400–1800), once known as ornamenta sacra. This notion encompasses a wide range of objects made of various materials and techniques (such as chalices, censers, and chasubles), which are not only essential for the rites, but also hold a central position in the religious artistic production of the past. Yet, a large portion of recent studies related to the connections between art and liturgy mainly focuses on paintings and sculptures, leaving aside other cult objects. The few studies that take these ritual instruments into account are primarily devoted to the Middle Ages. The late Middle Ages and the early modern period have attracted far less attention, whereas liturgy underwent profound transformations. Although studies limited to certain collections or types of objects are available, we are still in need of a broader analysis instigated by recent methodological trends in historical anthropology and iconology, which have renewed our understanding of images and art objects. We have therefore invited an international group of scholars, experts in their fields and specialized in exactly these methodologies. As a result, the symposium will contribute to this broader analysis and will offer new insights on the material dimension of objects, the place of works of art within a network of relationships, the history of senses and the sensible, and the way in which ornamentation affects meaning.

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Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels

9:30  Coffee and tea

9:50  Welcome by Hilde De Clercq (dir. KIK-IRPA) and Georges Jamart (Belspo)

10:00  Introduction by Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain), Barbara Baert (KU Leuven), and Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA)

10:30  Morning Papers
• Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers), Le Christ énergétique, la spirale et la monstrance
• Frédéric Tixier (Université de Lorraine), Voir et entendre ou entendre et voir? Les objets liturgiques en procession (XIIIe–XVIIe s.)

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Afternoon Papers
• Cynthia Hahn (Hunter College and Graduate Center CUNY, New York), Reliquaries as Mediation in Liturgy and Ecclesiastical Space
• Frédéric Cousinié (Université de Rouen-Normandie) and Alysée Le Druillenec (Université Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon), Objets de dévotions: Figures de la liaison au divin
• Michele Bacci (Université de Fribourg), Western Liturgical Vessels and the Byzantine Rite in the Late Middle Ages
• Sébastien Bontemps (Ecole du Louvre, Université de Bourgogne), Le trophée d’église: Système décoratif et illustration de la liturgie en France au XVIIIe siècle
• Caroline Heering (UCLouvain), Ornamenta Sacra: De l’ornement des objets aux objets comme ornements

F R I D A Y ,  2 5  O C O T O B E R  2 0 1 9

Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels

9:00  Coffee and tea

9:30  Morning Papers
• Herman Roodenburg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Meertens Instituut), The Eucharist and not so sensuous worship: Shedding tears among the Modern Devout
• Anne-Laure Van Bruaene (Universiteit Gent), Viglius’s Mitre: Clerical Self-fashioning in Sixteenth-century Ghent
• Anne-Clothilde Dumargne (Université de Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Ornamenta ou ministeria? Statut et fonction des chandeliers en alliages de cuivre dans l’espace ecclésial de la fin du Moyen Âge à l’époque moderne
• Wendy Wauters (KU Leuven), Smellscapes and Censers: Strategies behind their Ritual Use and Iconographic Meaning

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Afternoon Papers
• Marie Lezowski (Université d’Angers), Le corps du délit: Les objets liturgiques volés dans les sources inquisitoriales (Italie, XVIIe–XVIIIe siècles)
• Emmanuel Joly (KIK-IRPA), Financer et entretenir les ornements liturgiques: Le cas des paroisses rurales du diocèse de Liège, 1400–1700
• Soetkin Vanhauwaert (KU Leuven), Worthy of Imitation: The Holy Sacrament and the Relic Cult of the Forerunner in Mechelen
• Anne Lepoittevin (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Les Agnus Dei en cire: Des objets de culte?
• Nicole Pellegrin (CNRS-ENS, Paris), Chapes en Révolution: Quelques traces d’abandons, destructions, réemplois et mutations, 1790–1820

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Katholieke Universiteit (KU), Leuven

9:00  Coffee and tea

9:30  Morning Papers
• Ethan Matt Kavaler (University of Toronto), The Netherlandish Carved Altarpiece as Miniature
• Kamil Kopania (The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art, Warsaw), Animated Sculptures of the Crucified Christ in Context of Liturgical Space, Objects, and Gestures
• Ruben Suykerbuyk (Universiteit Gent), The Ritual Use of Memoria Monuments in the Low Countries, ca. 1520–85
• Charles Caspers (Titus Brandsma Instituut, Nijmegen), Wax and the Ghent Altarpiece: A New Interpretation

12:10  Discussion and concluding remarks

12:30  Lunch

14:30  Visit to the exhibition Borman and Sons at Museum M, Leuven

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