The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

King Louis IX Facing a Storm at Sea / Mahiet and collaborators
Anne D. Hedeman, professor of art history at the University of Illinois and co-curator of Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, discusses the ways in which artists used pictures to envision the past and shape understandings of history in medieval French manuscripts. Artists used images with similar subjects to forge links between manuscripts from different literary genres. Within single manuscripts, series of illuminations structure and shade readers’ experience, drawing attention to specific historical moments and often encouraging comparison between events that happened at widely different times. Finally, within individual images, artists couch the past in the guise of the present by using medieval costume and settings, thereby imagining the past as present. These practices create a rich visual culture that not only makes the past accessible, but also transforms it into a prehistory of France.

Complements the exhibition Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500.

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