Seven speakers will consider the role played by fragments and fragmentation in the medieval and modern understanding of works of art. Their half-hour papers will address such topics as the use or reuse of fragments in the creation of new works; quotation and replication as a kind of fragmentation; fragmentation of the perceptual or conceptual experience of a work; deliberate fragmentation or fragmentariness in works such as pilgrims’ tokens or votive objects; and the modern engagement with fragments as an attempt to reconstruct lost works of art, lost visual traditions, or lost cultural practices.
Please note: This will be a hybrid conference. In accordance with campus health and safety guidelines, on-site attendance in Rabinowitz A17 will be limited to 50 pre-registered Princeton University students, faculty, staff, and others with building access approval from the university. Face coverings are required. Off-campus participants are cordially invited to join the conference online. All registration is free.