Miracles of Mediation. Crossing Lineages of Insemination and Creation

Fricke, Beate (28 April 2018). Miracles of Mediation. Crossing Lineages of Insemination and Creation (Unpublished). In: CAUSALITY AND THE WORK OF Art A CLARK COLLOQUIUM. The Clark Institute. APRIL 27–28, 2018.

The medieval discourse on the causes of human creativity aligns divine acts of creation and the work of human artifex and relates concepts (ideas) and conception with an explicit comparison to the sexual act of procreation. Medieval thinkers infected by the renaissance of Aristotelian thoughts draw intrinisic ties between perception and conception and between artistic and divine inspiration and creation. They compare visual reflection, mental reflection, and mirror reflection to the power of insemination and creation. Based on the visual analysis of a late medieval panel painting, which has not received attention by art historians so far, I will demonstrate how the representation of an annunciation scene is infused by artistic reflections about the relation between liturgical vessels and narrated scene, between sculpture and painting, between imagination and experience. Causality will be as represented relationship between caused miracle (insemination) and mediated miracle (communion), as well as between the painted objects and invisible things. A further line of argumentation is originating in the aspect that the painting was made for a former mosque after its conversion into a church.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Ancient and Medieval Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Fricke, Beate

Subjects:

700 Arts
700 Arts > 730 Sculpture, ceramics & metalwork
700 Arts > 740 Drawing & decorative arts
700 Arts > 750 Painting

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beate Fricke

Date Deposited:

08 Jan 2020 16:27

Last Modified:

08 Jan 2020 16:27

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/137407

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