Misericordia International Conference
Choir Stalls in Architecture and Architecture in Choir Stalls
León, 29th May – 1st June 2014
Misericordia International was founded by Elaine C. Block (1925-2008) as an association dedicated to the research, awareness and study of choir stalls, and their relationship to other artistic expressions during the Middle Ages. Since its creation, it has promoted the celebration of a biannual international conference as a place for scientific exchange among those members of the research community interested in this topic, from a multidisciplinary point of view. Previous editions, celebrated in Cologne, Barcelona, Amiens, Angers, Sheffield, Rouen, Basel, Paris, Nijmegen and Gdansk, have provided a space to delve into the study of choir stalls from different points of view.
This next edition, under the title “Choir Stalls in Architecture and Architecture in Choir Stalls”, wants to highlight the importance of choir stalls in the spatial conception of cathedrals, and how sculptors used them to rehearse motifs, models and solutions of a formal, stylistic and constructive character, which would later be employed in architectural solutions.
There are four scheduled sessions:
Session I: Space, liturgy and architectural conception
Session II: Symbolism and Iconography
Session III: Study of prominent examples
Session IV: Destructions, interventions and Restorations
For more information, please visit the following website: misericordialeon2014