Fragments, Art, and Meaning in the Middle Ages

Saturday, November 6, 2021



Event Description

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.

The Index of Medieval Art