Pestilence, Disease, and Healing in Medieval and Early Modern Art

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14th Annual Imago Conference, University of Haifa. Organizing committee: Gil Fishhof, Mazi Kuzi, Jochai Rosen, Margo Stroumsa-Uzan.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

9:00-9:30 Greetings and Opening Remarks

Efraim Lev, Dean — Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa
Emma Maayan-Fanar, Chairperson — Department of Art History, University of Haifa
Gil Fishhof, Chairperson — Imago, The Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages

9:30-11:00 – Plague and the Artistic Process: Continuity, Change and Opportunity – Chair: Gil Fishhof, University of Haifa

Daniel Unger, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Carlo Borromeo’s Plague in Bolognese Painting

Cyprien Fuchs, Neuchatel University – Picturing the Black Death as an Opportunity: The Case of Taddeo Gaddi’s San Giovanni Fuorcivitas Polyptych

Rita Yates, Warburg Institute, University of London – The Sacred Heart of Jesus: Image, Rhetoric, and Practice during the Great Plague of Marseille (1720-22)

11:30-13:00 – Images and the Codification of Medical Knowledge – Chair: Daniel Unger, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Sivan Gottlieb, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – The Art of Healing: The Case of a Hebrew Herbal

Elena Berger, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Science – From Prophecy to Medical Treatises: “Monsters” in Medical Illustrations of Early Modern France

Kathleen Walker-Meikle, King’s College, London – The Zodiac Horse: Animals in Astrological-Medical Diagrams in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods

14:30-16:00 – Healing, Humor and Pleasure Chair: Gili Shalom, Tel-Aviv University

Dafna Nissim, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Pleasures vs. Plague Fear – Court Scenes in Two Manuscripts of The Decameron Made for Philip the Good

Anne Williams, University of Richmond – Healing Laughter: Death and Humor in Medieval Art

Fabienne Gallaire, Independent Scholar – Looking through the Glass: The Uroscopist Figure as Visual Satire

16:30-18:00 – The Sick and Disabled Body Chair: Emma Maayan-Fanar, University of Haifa

Gili Shalom, Tel-Aviv University – Healing of the Disabled in St. Honorius Portal at Amiens Cathedral and Its Reception

Jennifer M. Feltman, The University of Alabama – The Afflicted Body and the Aesthetic of Wholeness in Gothic Sculpture

Sharon Strocchia & Ryan Kelly, Emory University – Picturing the Pox in Italian Popular Prints, 1550-1650

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

9:30-11:30 – Gendering Disease and Healing Chair: Jochai Rosen, University of Haifa

Nirit Ben Aryeh Debby, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Female Saints and the Plague in Italy: St. Clare of Assisi and St. Catherine of Siena

Sara Benninga, Tel-Aviv University – Lovesickness and Stone Operations: Gendered Disease and its Artistic Representation

Anastasija Ropa, Latvian Academy of Sport Education – Depicting Disease and Healing in the Early Modern Rus: The Story of St. Pyotr and St. Fevronia

Sharon Khalifa-Gueta, University of Haifa – The Image of St. Margaret Emerging from the Dragon as an Emotional Director for Coping with Childbirth

12:00-13:30 – The Power of Images: Healing and Apotropaic Functions – Chair: Sharon Khalifa-Gueta, University of Haifa

Giuditta Gentile, Independent Scholar – Sacred Images to Ward off the Plague: The Case of an Early Sixteenth-Century Italian Print

Shir Blum, Tel-Aviv University – Assisting in Childbirth: The Material Variety of Amulets as Obstetrical Aides

Rebekkah C. Hart, University of California, Riverside – ‘Against All Unknown Afflictions’: Medicine and Healing in English Alabaster ‘St. John’s Heads’ (c. 1417-1550)

15:00-17:00 – Sites of Healing: Space, Identity and Trauma Chair: Assaf Pinkus, Tel-Aviv University

Brittany Forniotis, Duke University – Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Italian Lazzaretti and Collective Trauma in Fourteenth and Fifteenth- Century Italian Cities

Joana Balsa de Pinho, University of Lisbon – Renaissance Hospitals in Portugal: Art and Architecture Regarding Sickness and Health

Andela Gavrilovié, University of Belgrade – The Scenes of Christ’s Miraculous Healings in the Church of Hagia Sophia in Trebizond: The Meaning and the Reasonsof Their Depiction

Emily Jay, Texas Tech University – Hollow, Hallowed Body: Santa Rosalia and the Reconstruction of Identities in Palermo during the 1624 Plague

Tuesday 12 January and Wednesday 13 January 2021, 9:00–18:00 IST

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