Just around the corner from the Institut für Kunst-und Bildgeschichte, the Bodemuseum houses an impressive collection of medieval art, ranging from the early to late Middle Ages. This “Übung vor Originalen” focuses on medieval iconography, taking the mantle as a major thread running through this course and the museum’s collection. Dress is one of the visual clues that helps us to unravel what is depicted. The mantle’s function, material, and wearer facilitate a cultural interpretation of pictorial types. Apart from identifying what is represented and how this reflects medieval ideas and debates, we will also pay attention to narrative, audience, space, medium, and materiality.
Reading Medieval Images: The Art Historian and the Object, eds. Elizabeth Sears and Thelma K. Thomas (The University of Michigan Press, 2002); Michael Hatt and Charlotte Klonk, Art History: A Critical Introduction to Its Methods (Manchester University Press, 2006), 96-119 (Iconography-Iconology); Karen Eileen Overbey and Benjamin C. Tilghman, “Active Objects: An Introduction,” Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art 4 (2014): 1-9.