Materials, Materia, "Materiality"

Kumler, Aden. (2019) Materials, Materia, "Materiality". In: A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe. Malden, MA, pp. 95-117.

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This chapter describes the recent emergence of “materiality” as a central and vexed term in medieval art history. It outlines several lines of inquiry that could further transform the understanding of the role and import of materials, and ideas about materials, in the art of the Middle Ages. The chapter sketches several dominant approaches from a much larger body of work on the role and import of materials in Romanesque and Gothic Europe. The medieval search for significationes in material things was profoundly authorized by conceptions of divinely authored meaning immanent in creation and polysemously referenced in scripture. Materials were understood to be potent vestigia of the divine presence in creation. In the Middle Ages, the practice of ars invariably involved the laborious, often re‐iterative transformation of natural substances into the materials or Werkstoffe required to realize an artwork, object, or monument.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Kunstgeschichte > Ältere Kunstgeschichte (Kumler)
UniBasel Contributors:Kumler, Aden
Item Type:Book Section
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Wiley Blackwell
Series Name:Wiley Blackwell companions to art history
Issue Number:14
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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