Matter of Faith: An Interdisciplinary Study of Relics and Relic Veneration in the Medieval Period

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British Museum Research Publication No. 195

A landmark publication exploring the relationship between sacred matter and precious materials in the Middle Ages.

This book is the outcome of the conference "Matter of Faith", held to accompany the British Museum's exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, which brought together over thirty international experts in this field to present new research around the themes of medieval reliquaries and relic veneration. The result is an interdisciplinary study of a thought provoking and controversial topic featuring some of the period?s most beautiful and iconic objects.

This title will prove to be a valuable research tool for historians, art historians and conservators as well as anyone with a general interest in this fascinating subject.

About the Authors

James Robinson is Keeper of Art and Design at the National Museum of Scotland. He was formerly Senior Curator of Medieval Collections at the British Museum and was the curator of the 2011 exhibition, Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe. He co-edited the accompanying catalogue and is the author of a number of other publications including Masterpieces of Medieval Art, The Lewis Chessmen and Finer than Gold (all published by the British Museum Press).

Lloyd de Beer is a Project Curator at the British Museum responsible for the late medieval collection. His academic background is in English art and literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Anna Harnden is a Project Curator for the International Engagement Department at the British Museum and was Project Curator for the 2011 exhibition, Treasures of Heaven. Her diverse research interests range from medieval manuscripts to contemporary Middle Eastern and African Art

Preface James Robinson

Part 1: Pilgrimage and Cult Centres

1. To Be a Pilgrim: Tactile Piety, Virtual Pilgrimage and the Experience of Place in Christian Pilgrimage
Dee Dyas

2. Vestiary Signs of Pilgrimage in Twelfth-century Europe
Janet E. Snyder

3. St George and Venice: The Rise of Imperial Culture
David M. Perry

4. Stones of St Michael: Venerating Fragments of Holy Ground in Medieval France and Italy
Lucy Donkin

5. The Saint and the King: Relics, Reliquaries and Late Medieval Coronation in Aachen and Sz?kesfeh?rv?r
Scott B. Montgomery

6. St Ursula?s Cult and its Manifestation in Liturgy
Kristin Hoefener

7. Picturing Narrative and Promoting Cult: Hagiographic Illumination at Three English Cult Centres
Kathryn Gerry

8. Presentation of Relics in Late Medieval Siena: The Cappella delle Reliquie in Siena Cathedral
Wolfgang Loseries

Part 2: Relics, Reliquaries and their Materials

9. A Recently Discovered Anglo-Carolingian Chrismatory
Leslie Webster

10. Grist for the Mill: A Newly Discovered Bust Reliquary from Saint-Flour
Barbara Drake Boehm

11. New Dating of the Limoges Reliquaries of the Stigmatization of St Francis
Elisabeth Antoine-K?nig

12. Christus crystallus: Rock Crystal, Theology and Materiality in the Medieval West
Stefania Gerevini

13. Dressing the Relics: Some Thoughts on the Custom of Relic Wrapping in Medieval Christianity
Martina Bagnoli

14. Common Ground:Reliquaries and the Lower Classes in Late Medieval Europe Sarah Blick

15. A Shrine Reunited?: The Collaborative, Scientific Study of Two Reliquary Panels from the Walters Art Museum and the British Museum
Glenn Gates, Susan La Niece and Terry Drayman-Weisser

16. The Construction and Conservation History of the Hildesheim Portable Altar
Maickel van Bellegem and Lloyd de Beer

17. New Discoveries Related to the Portable Altar of Countess Gertrude
Shelley Reisman Paine, David B. Saja and Linda B. Spurlock

18. Relics of Gender Identity: Interpreting a Reliquary of a Follower of St Ursula Samantha Riches

19. Embodying the Saint: Mystical Visions, Maria Lactans and the Miracle of Mary?s Milk
Vibeke Olson

Part 3: Debate, Doubt and Later Developments

20. Art as Evidence in Medieval Relic Disputes: Three Cases from Fifteenth-century France
Erik Inglis

21. Contested Relics:Winefride and the Saints of the Atlantic Churches
Madeleine Gray

22. The Horn of St Hubert in the Wallace Collection
Jeremy Warren

23. Preserved Miraculously: Relics in the Old Catholic St Gertrude?s Cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands
Anique de Kruijf

24. Change and Continuity in the Display of Relics in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: The English Catholic Community in a Broader Context
Andrea de Meo Arbore

25. Bodies, Artefacts and Images: A Cross-cultural Theory of Relics
Steven Hooper

Contributors
Index

  • Product Code: CMC0861591954
  • DESIGNER/ARTIST: Matter of Faith
  • AUTHOR: James Robinson, Lloyd de Beer, Anna Harnden
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 206 pages
  • FORMAT: Hardback (Perfect bound, gloss laminated cover)
  • Dimension: 30cm x 21cm
  • SUBTITLE: An Interdisciplinary Study of Relics and Relic Veneration in the Medieval Period
  • Illustrations: 250 illustrations
  • Subject: Religion
  • Weight: 0.65 Kg

British Museum Research Publication No. 195

A landmark publication exploring the relationship between sacred matter and precious materials in the Middle Ages.

This book is the outcome of the conference "Matter of Faith", held to accompany the British Museum's exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, which brought together over thirty international experts in this field to present new research around the themes of medieval reliquaries and relic veneration. The result is an interdisciplinary study of a thought provoking and controversial topic featuring some of the period?s most beautiful and iconic objects.

This title will prove to be a valuable research tool for historians, art historians and conservators as well as anyone with a general interest in this fascinating subject.

About the Authors

James Robinson is Keeper of Art and Design at the National Museum of Scotland. He was formerly Senior Curator of Medieval Collections at the British Museum and was the curator of the 2011 exhibition, Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe. He co-edited the accompanying catalogue and is the author of a number of other publications including Masterpieces of Medieval Art, The Lewis Chessmen and Finer than Gold (all published by the British Museum Press).

Lloyd de Beer is a Project Curator at the British Museum responsible for the late medieval collection. His academic background is in English art and literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Anna Harnden is a Project Curator for the International Engagement Department at the British Museum and was Project Curator for the 2011 exhibition, Treasures of Heaven. Her diverse research interests range from medieval manuscripts to contemporary Middle Eastern and African Art

Preface James Robinson

Part 1: Pilgrimage and Cult Centres

1. To Be a Pilgrim: Tactile Piety, Virtual Pilgrimage and the Experience of Place in Christian Pilgrimage
Dee Dyas

2. Vestiary Signs of Pilgrimage in Twelfth-century Europe
Janet E. Snyder

3. St George and Venice: The Rise of Imperial Culture
David M. Perry

4. Stones of St Michael: Venerating Fragments of Holy Ground in Medieval France and Italy
Lucy Donkin

5. The Saint and the King: Relics, Reliquaries and Late Medieval Coronation in Aachen and Sz?kesfeh?rv?r
Scott B. Montgomery

6. St Ursula?s Cult and its Manifestation in Liturgy
Kristin Hoefener

7. Picturing Narrative and Promoting Cult: Hagiographic Illumination at Three English Cult Centres
Kathryn Gerry

8. Presentation of Relics in Late Medieval Siena: The Cappella delle Reliquie in Siena Cathedral
Wolfgang Loseries

Part 2: Relics, Reliquaries and their Materials

9. A Recently Discovered Anglo-Carolingian Chrismatory
Leslie Webster

10. Grist for the Mill: A Newly Discovered Bust Reliquary from Saint-Flour
Barbara Drake Boehm

11. New Dating of the Limoges Reliquaries of the Stigmatization of St Francis
Elisabeth Antoine-K?nig

12. Christus crystallus: Rock Crystal, Theology and Materiality in the Medieval West
Stefania Gerevini

13. Dressing the Relics: Some Thoughts on the Custom of Relic Wrapping in Medieval Christianity
Martina Bagnoli

14. Common Ground:Reliquaries and the Lower Classes in Late Medieval Europe Sarah Blick

15. A Shrine Reunited?: The Collaborative, Scientific Study of Two Reliquary Panels from the Walters Art Museum and the British Museum
Glenn Gates, Susan La Niece and Terry Drayman-Weisser

16. The Construction and Conservation History of the Hildesheim Portable Altar
Maickel van Bellegem and Lloyd de Beer

17. New Discoveries Related to the Portable Altar of Countess Gertrude
Shelley Reisman Paine, David B. Saja and Linda B. Spurlock

18. Relics of Gender Identity: Interpreting a Reliquary of a Follower of St Ursula Samantha Riches

19. Embodying the Saint: Mystical Visions, Maria Lactans and the Miracle of Mary?s Milk
Vibeke Olson

Part 3: Debate, Doubt and Later Developments

20. Art as Evidence in Medieval Relic Disputes: Three Cases from Fifteenth-century France
Erik Inglis

21. Contested Relics:Winefride and the Saints of the Atlantic Churches
Madeleine Gray

22. The Horn of St Hubert in the Wallace Collection
Jeremy Warren

23. Preserved Miraculously: Relics in the Old Catholic St Gertrude?s Cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands
Anique de Kruijf

24. Change and Continuity in the Display of Relics in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: The English Catholic Community in a Broader Context
Andrea de Meo Arbore

25. Bodies, Artefacts and Images: A Cross-cultural Theory of Relics
Steven Hooper

Contributors
Index

  • Product Code: CMC0861591954
  • DESIGNER/ARTIST: Matter of Faith
  • AUTHOR: James Robinson, Lloyd de Beer, Anna Harnden
  • PAGES: 206 pages
  • FORMAT: Hardback (Perfect bound, gloss laminated cover)
  • Weight: 0.65 Kg