The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Materials, Power and Manipulation


The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Materials, Power and Manipulation

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The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art. Materials, Power and Manipulation.

Edited by Grażyna Jurkowlaniec, Ika Matyjaszkiewicz, Zuzanna Sarnecka

© 2018 – Routledge; 202 pages.
This volume explores the late medieval and early modern periods from the perspective of objects. While the agency of things has been studied in anthropology and archaeology, it is an innovative approach for art historical investigations. Each contributor takes as a point of departure active things: objects that were collected, exchanged, held in hand, carried on a body, assembled, cared for or pawned. Through a series of case studies set in various geographic locations, this volume examines a rich variety of systems throughout Europe and beyond.
Table of Contents

Section 1: Material Agency
Professor Andrew Morrall (The Bard Graduate Centre, New York) "The Power of Nature and the Agency of Art. The Unicorn Cup of Jan Vermeyen"
Dr Barbara Baert, Dr Hannah Iterbeke and Dr Lieve Watteeuw (KU Leuven) "Late Medieval Enclosed Gardens of the Low Countries. Mixed Media, Remnant Art. Récyclage and Gender in the Low Countries (16th c. onwards)"
Section 2: The Power of Things
Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto (University of York) "Knighted by the Apostle Himself: Political Fabrication and Chivalric Artifact in Compostela,1332"
Dr Robert Maniura (Birkbeck, University of London) "Agency and Miraculous Images"
Dr Peter Dent (University of Bristol) "Agency, Beauty and the Late Medieval Sculptural Encounter"
Section 3: Objects as Social Agents
Dr Leah Clark (The Open University) "Dispersal, Exchange and the Culture of Things in Fifteenth-century Italy"
Dr Alexander Lee (University of Warwick) "Michelangelo, Tommaso de’ Cavalieri and the Agency of the Gift-Drawing"
Dr Jaya Remond (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) "Distributing Dürer in the Netherlands: Gifts, Prints, and the Mediation of Fame in the Early Sixteenth Century"
Section 4: Agency of Physical Manipulations
Professor Wim François (KU Leuven) "The Early Modern Bible between Material Book and Immaterial Word"
Dr Karen Eileen Overbey (Tufts University) and Dr Jennifer Borland (Oklahoma State University) "Diagnostic Performance and Diagrammatic Manipulation in the Physician’s Folding Almanacs"
Dr Jack Hartnell (Columbia University) "Surgical Saws and Cutting Edge Agency"
Professor Jacqueline E. Jung (Yale University) "The Boots of Saint Hedwig: Thoughts on the Limits of the Agency of Things"