2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo MI
IAS-Sponsored Session

Ruptures in Italian Medieval Art and Architecture II: Ruptures in Architecture

Fetzer 2030
Friday, May 10, 2013, 3:30-5:00pm

Organizer: Martina Bagnoli, Walters Art Museum

Presider: Catherine Carver McCurrach, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Abstract for the four linked sessions:
Whether moving forwards by leaps and bounds or coming to a screeching halt, the long path of Italian medieval art includes instances of back tacking, progression and return, revival and innovation. These sessions present papers that investigate art and architecture created at moments of rupture with tradition, with accepted norms or forms, with conventions or with anticipated developments. Common ruptures include but are not limited to iconoclasms, proto-renaissances, Church schisms, heresies and reforms, civil strife, crusades and the Black Death. To be sure, rupture is in the eye of the beholder: an egregious instance of it may, for others, constitute continuity. These panels focus on the people, events, ideas, and forms that in one way or another broke with the prevailing course of the arts in medieval Italy.


Gregory Caicco, Art Institute of Pittsburgh/DePaul University/University of Phoenix
"The Anti-Architecture of Francis of Assisi"
Elizabeth B. Smith, Pennsylvania State University
"Santa Maria Novella and the Birth of Gothic Structural Thinking in Florence"
Meredith Fluke, Columbia University
"The Church of Santo Stefano in Verona and the Problem of Veronese Romanesque Architectural Style"
Nancy M. Thompson, St. Olaf College
"Stained Glass and the Long Path of Italian Medieval Art"
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