Architectural Counterpoint: Juxtaposition and Opposition as a Visual Strategy in the Late Middle Ages
Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference February 19–21, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Neagley, Associate Professor of Art History, Rice University
Please note the location: Smathers 1A.
Thursday February 19, 2015
Reception to follow in the Friends of Music Room.
In all periods of transition there is a coexistence of different architectural languages. The old and the new often exist side-by-side and art history has usually treated this juxtaposition as an expression of the development of style from one period to another. In the early sixteenth century, this visual opposition of Gothic and Renaissance architecture was often intentional, visually articulating difference, identifying institutional or patronal affiliation, or illustrating the struggle of architects to work out a new language without relinquishing old workshop methods. This paper explores the many meanings that juxtaposition of Renaissance and Gothic form and space have and how new meaning is created when a dialog between the old and new monuments occurs.
Dr. Linda Neagley is an Associate Professor of Art History at Rice University. Dr. Neagley's research interests include late gothic architecture of northern Europe, late medieval urban planning, vision and visuality in the Middle Ages, and medieval pictorial narrative and space. She is the author of Disciplined Exuberance. The Parish Church of Saint-Maclou and Late Gothic architecture in Rouen. Professor Neagley is currently working on a book on the open porches of Normandy and recently completed a study on visual experience and spatial representation in the Bayeux Tapestry. She has published articles in The Art Bulletin, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and Gesta."