The Medieval Iberian Treasury in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange (Princeton, 19-20 May 17)

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Room 399, Princeton USA, May
19 – 20, 2017
<https://ica.princeton.edu/conferences/>

The Medieval Iberian Treasury in the Context of Muslim-Christian
Interchange

In collaboration with the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones
Científicas in Madrid and Princeton’s departments of Art & Archaeology
and History, the Index of Christian Art will sponsor a two-day
interdisciplinary conference.

The medieval treasury offers an extraordinary material witness to the
desires, aspirations, and self-conception of its creators. Treasuries
could function as sources of gifts (and obligations) for their allies,
as prestigious private storehouses for ostentation before an elite
audience, or as financial reserves that could be made use of in times
of need. Luxury items from non-Christian cultures, such as the many
Islamic objects that found their way into church treasuries, or those
made from materials of great intrinsic value, such as ivory, gold,
silver, or silk, became even more valuable if the piece were turned to
a sacred use. We will examine these dimensions of the treasury by
giving special emphasis to the rich holdings of the royal-sponsored
monastery of San Isidoro de León in northern Spain. Taken as a whole,
both texts and objects offer a rich body of evidence for
interdisciplinary investigation and serve as a springing point for
larger questions about sumptuary collections and their patrons across
Europe and the Mediterranean during the central Middle Ages.

Hosted at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional
Studies, the conference brings together international and US scholars
from multiple disciplines and professions, with specializations
including Islamic law and sumptuary production, Christian chronicles,
patronage and royal studies, identity and gender studies, and political
history across the cultures of medieval Spain. The diversity of
questions and perspectives addressed by these scholars will shed light
on the nature of treasury collections, as well as on the broad efficacy
of multidisciplinary study for the Middle Ages.

Registration now open.
For further information, contact Pamela Patton: ppatton@princeton.edu
Medieval Iberian Treasury
PROGRAM

Friday 19 May

1.00-1.30 Pamela Patton and Therese Martin, Welcome

Beatrice Kitzinger, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton
University
Opening Remarks: “The Treasury, a Material Witness to Long-Distance
Contact and Pivot Point for Interdisciplinary Exchange”

1.30-2.00 Therese Martin, Instituto de Historia, CSIC
“Ivory Assemblage as Visual Metaphor: The Beatitudes Casket in Context”

2.00-2.30 Ana Rodríguez, Instituto de Historia, CSIC
“Narrating the Treasury: What Medieval Iberian Chronicles Choose to
Tell Us about Luxury Objects”

2.30-3.00 Discussion

3.00-3.30 Coffee break

3.30-4.00 Eduardo Manzano, Instituto de Historia, CSIC
“Beyond the Year 900: The ‘Iron Century’ or an Era of Silk?”

4.00-4.30 Ana Cabrera, Victoria & Albert Museum, London/Museo Nacional
de Artes Decorativas, Madrid, and María Judith Feliciano, Independent
Scholar and Director, “Medieval Textiles in Iberia and the
Mediterranean”
“Medieval Textiles in León in the Iberian and Mediterranean Context”

4.30-5.00 Discussion

5.00-5.30 Julie Harris, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and
Leadership
“Jews, Real and Imagined, at San Isidoro and Beyond”

5.30-6.00 Maribel Fierro, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del
Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, CSIC, and Luis Molina, Escuela de
Estudios Árabes de Granada, CSIC
“Christian Relics in al-Andalus”

6.00-6.30 Discussion

Saturday 20 May
10.30-11.00 Pamela Patton, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University
“Demons and Diversity in León”

11.00-11.30 Thomas Burman, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame
“Seeing and Not Seeing Islam in Twelfth-Century Europe”

11.30-12.00 Discussion

12.00-2.00 Lunch break (on your own)

2.00-2.30 Jitske Jasperse, Instituto de Historia, CSIC
“Set in Stone: Questioning the Portable Altar of the Infanta Sancha (d.
1159)”

2.30-3.00 Amanda Dotseth, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University
and Prado Museum, Madrid
“Medieval Treasure and the Modern Museum: Christian and Islamic Objects
from San Isidoro de León”

3.00-3.30 Discussion

3.30-4.00 Coffee break

4.00-4.30 Ittai Weinryb, Bard Graduate Center
“The Idea of North”

4.30-5.00 Eva Hoffman, Department of Art and Art History, Tufts
University
“Arabic Script as Text and Image on Treasury Objects across the
Medieval Mediterranean”

5.00-5.30 Discussion

5.30-6.00 Jerrilynn Dodds, Sarah Lawrence College
Closing Remarks: “The Treasury, Beyond Interaction”

6:00 Wine and cheese reception for all attendees

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About thegrailquest

Anastasija Ropa holds a doctoral degree from Bangor University (North Wales), for a study in medieval and modern Arthurian literature. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Arthurian literature, focusing on its historical and artistic aspects. She is currently employed as guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. Anastasija’s most recent research explores medieval equestrianism in English and French literary art and literature, and she is also engaged as part-time volunteer horse-trainer. In a nutshell: Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education Graduate of the School of English, University of Wales, Bangor. Graduate of the University of Latvia Passionate about history, particularly the Middle Ages A horse-lover and horse-owner

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