"Medieval Bibles: Studies in Word and Image"
Tue, March 4, 2008 • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM • Prothro Auditorium in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
No single text more defined medieval Europe than the Bible, but the medieval Bible was not a single, uniform object. We speak instead of medieval Bibles, acknowledging great variation in the wording and physical presentation of scripture. And we appreciate the equally great variation in medieval understanding of scripture as expressed in word and image.Historian Celia CHAZELLE (College of New Jersey) presents "Bede and Fundamentalism," an exploration of Bede's eighth-century chronologies of sacred time and commentaries on scripture, especially those of the creation story. In "When Two Become One," art historian Lila YAWN (Cornell University in Rome; American University in Rome; John Cabot University in Rome) examines illustrations of creation in the Giant Bibles produced in northern Italy during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Katherine TACHAU (University of Iowa), a historian of science, presents "Word and Image in the Bibles Moralisées in Thirteenth-Century Paris," an examination of the "moralized Bibles" produced to combat the effects of new "pagan" learning