Migrating Art Historians on the Sacred Ways

Reconsidering Medieval French Art through the Pilgrim's Body

edited by Ivan Foletti, Katarína Kravčíková, Sabina Rosenbergová, Adrien Palladino
Collana: Convivia, 2
Pubblicazione: 2018
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pp. 468, ill. b/n, col., 20x22 cm, hardback
ISBN: 9788833131054
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Is it possible to reconstruct the feeling of a medieval pilgrim walking towards the sacred? No, it is not. And yet, the experimental project Migrating Art Historians sought to delve into this impossibility. Journeying by foot over more than 1500km, twelve modern pilgrims – students and scholars from Masaryk University – reached some of the most impressive artistic monuments of medieval France.
One year later, this book presents their intellectual, human, and art historical theoretical know-how, transformed by the experience of their bodies. In this context, exhausted and activated bodies became instruments asking new questions to medieval artworks and sources. Structured as a walk along pilgrimage routes, this book presents firstly the landscape, followed by liminal zones, before leading the reader inside medieval churches and ultimately towards the sacred. Original scientific art historical research combines with personal engagement. What emerges is the subject confronted with the experience of medieval art.

  • Acknowledgements
  • Prologue
    The Journey as Intensity: Becoming a Pilgrim
    • Jana Horáková
  • Introduction
    Migrating Art Historians: Objects, Bodies, and Minds
    • Ivan Foletti
  • Chapter I: The Sacred Landscape of Medieval Pilgrims
    • Introduction. Sacral Architecture on the Horizon: The Sacred Landscape of Medieval Pilgrims
      • Martin Lešák
    • I.1. Mont-Saint-Michel at the Crossroads of Earth, Sea, and Heaven
      • Sabina Rosenbergová
    • I.2. Le-Puy-en-Velay. The Meeting Place of Nature, Divine, and Human
      • Katarína Kravčíková
  • Chapter II: Liminal Zones and Pilgrimage Churches
    • Introduction. Liminality: Space and Imagination
      • Ivan Foletti
    • II.1. The Western Porch of the Cathedral of Le Puy. Construction and Staging of a Liminal Space
      • Katarína Kravčiková
    • II.2. The Bronze Door of Monte Sant’Angelo on Mount Gargano: Use and Perception
      • Stefano D’Ovidio
    • II.3. The Tower-Porch in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire: The Liminal Zone
      • Cécile Voyer
    • II.4. An “Attractive Church”. Notre-Dame-du-Port in Clermont-Ferrand
      • Anna Kelblová
    • II.5. Liminality and Encounter. The Case of Notre-Dame de Lausanne
      • Adrien Palladino
  • Chapter III: Entering Sacred Space
    • Introduction. The Visitor’s Inner Experience
      • Pavla Tichá
    • III.1. The Church of Saint-Étienne in Nevers. Pilgrimage Architecture Without Cult Object
      • Pavla Tichá
    • III. 2. Notre-Dame-du-Port and the Cult of the Virgin
      • Anna Kelblová
    • III. 3. Relics, Pilgrimage, and Images in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
      • Cécile Voyer
    • III. 4. A Turn Towards Inclusion in the Cathedral of Nevers
      • Pavla Tichá
  • Chapter IV: Materializing the Sacred
    • Introduction: Relics, Reliquaries, Shrines
      • Cynthia Hahn & Adrien Palladino
    • IV. 1. Meeting Saint Faith
      • Ivan Foletti
    • IV. 2. The Cult of the Virgin in Charité-sur-Loire
      • Tereza Kučerová
    • IV. 3. The Presence of the Archangel. The Relics, Reliquaries and Statues at Mont-Saint-Michel
      • Sabina Rosenbergová (Brno)
  • Chapter V: Traveling, Seeing, Dreaming
    • Introduction. In a Liminal Space: The Staging of Site-Bound Holiness along the Venetian Sea-Routes to the Holy Land
      • Michele Bacci
    • V. 1. Before Embarking: The Holy Sites of Venice
      • Angela Schiffhauer
    • V. 2. Along the Dalmatian Coasts
      • Vesna Šćepanović
    • V. 3. Off Albania
      • Gianvito Campobasso
    • V. 4. In the Greek-speaking Realm
      • Argyri Dermitzaki
    • V. 5. Disembarking on Rhodes
      • Sofia Zoitou
    • V. 6. Approaching the Holy Land
      • Michele Bacci
  • Chapter VI: New Paths for the Migrating Art Historians
    • New paths for the migrating art historians
      • Karolina Foletti

Ivan Foletti

Ivan Foletti is professor of art history at Masaryk University, Brno, where he specializes in the study of the historiography of Byzantine studies and in the art of Milan, Rome, and the Caucasus in the Late Antique and Early Medieval period. He is the head of the Center for Early Medieval Studies in Brno, editor-in-chief of Convivium, and director of the Hans Belting Library.

Katarína Kravčíková

Katarína Kravčíková is studying for her master’s degree in art history at Masaryk University. Besides her work on the pilgrimage church of Le-Puy-en-Velay and its doors, she is also a photographer and the author of the images illustrating many outputs of the Center for Early Medieval Studies in Brno, including Migrating Art Historians on the Sacred Ways.

Sabina Rosenbergová

Sabina Rosenbergová studies at the Department of Art History of Masaryk University in Brno and Sapienza University of Rome. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the art historical reassessment of 10th-century Rome, with special interest in historiographical questions.

Adrien Palladino

Adrien Palladino is assistant professor at the Department of Art History, Masaryk University, Brno, at the Center for Early Medieval Studies. His interests include the history of art history, as well as the study of late antique and early medieval material cultures, with a special interest in the interaction between objects, stories, spaces, and people.

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