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2021 International Congress on Medieval Studies, VIRTUAL

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Location: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (Virtual)

Quo vadis? Medieval Italian Sculpture Studies in the New Millennium In Honor of Dorothy F. Glass, I–II–III

Dorothy F. Glass’s 2005 paper, “Quo Vadis? L’étude de la sculpture romane italienne à l’aube du troisiéme millénaire,” balanced a brief sketch of the historiography of medieval Italian sculpture studies as practiced during the last millennium with suggestions for directions such studies might take in the new one. Many of the issues and approaches she signaled as potentially fruitful have since been integrated into scholarship: for instance, the paired study of iconography and liturgy has led to a richer understanding of the social and ritual functions of religious sculpture, including its role in the creation of sacred space, while investigations of patronage have highlighted, in particular, the role of the laity in the development of medieval Italian art. But as scholars know only too well, history has a way of tracing its own course, and the intervening fifteen years have brought dramatic changes to medieval art history unanticipated by Glass’s essay, including the environmental, ethical, material, and Mediterranean “turns,” new digital (or digitally inspired) tools and methods, and the emergence of long-suppressed questions of racism and bias, historiography, and the academy. This double session seeks to honor Glass’s many years of contributions to medieval art history by asking, Quo vadimus nunc?

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Sessions Sponsored by the Italian Art Society

Session Title: Panel I: Liturgical Furnishings
Organizers and Chairs: Francesco Gangemi, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani; Alison Locke Perchuk, California State University Channel Islands
Introduction: Alison Locke Perchuk & Francesco Gangemi
Testimonial: Elizabeth Teviotdale, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University & Beth Mulvaney, Meredith College
Speakers/Papers:
Elisabetta Scirocco, Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome, "Romanesque Sculpture in Campania, Anno Domini 2021"
Gillian Elliott, George Washington University, "At the Garden Gate: Transforming Space at San Pietro al Monte in Civate"
Karl Whittington, The Ohio State University , "Lucignano's Reliquary Tree"

Session Title: Panel II: Experiencing Sacred Space
Organizers and Chairs: Francesco Gangemi, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani; Alison Locke Perchuk, California State University Channel Islands
Welcome: Alison Locke Perchuk
Testimonial: Elizabeth Parker, Professor Emerita, Fordham University
Discussant: Robert Maxwell, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University & Peter Scott Brown, University of North Florida
Speakers/Papers:
Ruggero Longo, Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca, "Medieval Marble Decorations. From Ornament to Sacred Spaces"
Catherine R. Carver, University of Michigan & Wayne State University, "Sculpting Space: Ideology and Practicality in Roman Twelfth-Century Building Practices"

Session Title: Panel III: The Afterlives of Italian Romanesque Sculpture
Organizers and Chairs: Francesco Gangemi, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani; Alison Locke Perchuk, California State University Channel Islands
Welcome: Francesco Gangemi
Testimonial: Jaroslav Folda, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Concluding Discussion: Francesco Gangemi & Dorothy F. Glass
Speakers/Papers:
Ludovico Geymonat, Louisiana State University, "From a Choir Screen to a Portal: Three Sculptures from San Marco, Venice"
Roger Stalley, Trinity College Dublin, "Was Lady Londonderry duped? The curious story of an Italian well-head"
Alison Locke Perchuk, California State University Channel Islands, "Quo Vadimus Nunc? Los Angeles!"


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