Session1202
Title'Reading' the Romanesque Façade
Date/TimeWednesday 13 July 2011: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserAmanda W. Dotseth, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Pamela A. Patton, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University
 
Moderator/ChairRose Walker, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
 
Paper 1202-a Attunement to the Damned at Conques
(Language: English)
Kirk Ambrose, Department of Art & Art History, University of Colorado Boulder
Index Terms: Architecture - Religious; Art History - Sculpture; Theology
Paper 1202-b Framing Humility at San Quirce de Burgos
(Language: English)
Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Index Terms: Architecture - Religious; Art History - Sculpture; Monasticism
 
AbstractModern assumptions about readability and organization have frequently but often misleadingly shaped scholarly interpretations of Romanesque façades. This session probes ways in which such modern conceptual habits may obscure how the medieval viewer understood such ensembles. Its three speakers bring these concerns to bear on a variety of Romanesque tympana in France and Spain, the interpretations of which are transformed by analysis of contemporary conditions particular to each site and of the unique perspective brought to each by recognizing medieval understandings of narrative sequence, pain and the body, and the experiential impact of movement and topography.