Appel à contribution – Table ronde « Pictorial Hagiography: East and West », Congrès international, Kalamazoo, 2020

Appel à contribution

Organizers : Nicolas Varaine (École Pratique des Hautes Études / Institut national d’histoire de l’art)
and Elizabeth Zanghi (Sorbonne Université)

Artistic representations of the deeds of the ‘very special dead’ are a hagiographical genre as old as written vitae, and enjoyed tremendous popularity throughout the Middle Ages. The visual vitae of the saints can be found on various media, from jewellery to monumental painting, and were an integral part of a cult whose forms varied from the intimacy of personal devotion to the public ceremonies of civic or royal cult.Saints have rarely been studied in a broad geographic and religious perspective in spite of many shared or parallel cults between the Latin West and the Byzantine East.Comparative approaches have also been rather limited.

This session aims to bring together art historians of the medieval West and
Byzantium in order to create a cross-cultural dialogue concerning pictorial
hagiography encompassing a variety of media. An art historical perspective will be used to explore the construction, messages and functions of these multifaceted visual narratives within the social and religious contexts of their time. The analysis of the visual language through which these stories are constituted will foster questions concerning the role of this material, long neglected in hagiographic studies, in the construction of saintly identities and the place of saints in the memories and devotional practices of both individuals and communities.

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To submit a paper proposal, please email Nicolas Varaine ( and Elizabeth Zanghi ( by September 8, 2019.