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Title :

Peasant meal or lord's feast? The social iconography of the Naumburg Last Supper

Author :
JUNG, Jacqueline E. ;
Publication year :
2003
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The image of the Last Supper on the mid-13th-c. west choir screen at Naumburg Cathedral has long bewildered and amused commentators, who have seen in the figures' robust bodies and emphatic eating gestures evidence of coarseness and rusticity. This study questions the accuracy of the view that the Last Supper was conceived as a peasant meal through analysis of both modern scholarly literature and relevant medieval sources, and offers a new interpretation of the scene's social content. As surprising as the apostle's behavior may appear to modern eyes, medieval sources reveal that the figures demonstrate through their gestures what courtly clerics and laypeople prized as schoene site <Sitte>, or beautiful manners, even as they play out the drama of redemption. Through its elevated setting, the author argues that the Naumburg Last Supper casts the treason of Judas in terms of misbehavior at a lord's feast, thus heightening the ethical import of the scene for an audience of clerics and laity trained in the codes of courtesy. <abridged> ;
Pagination/Size :
cover; 12 ill. (1 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 5303B - 300-1400 ; Sculpture ; 530-III - 300-1400 ;
French keywords :
Allemagne ; Apotre ; Christ: Cène ; Cloture de choeur ; Etiquette (moeurs) ; Geste ; Iconographie ; Iconographie chrétienne ; Judas ; Manger, Le ; Naumburg Saale (DEU), SS. Peter und Paul (cathédrale) ; Réception ; Sculpture ; Spectateurs ; 1200-1300 ;
Descriptors :
Apostles ; Choir screens ; Christian iconography ; Eating ; Etiquette (manners) ; Germany ; Gesture ; Iconography ; Jesus Christ: Last Supper ; Judas Iscariot ; Naumburg Saale (DEU), SS. Peter und Paul (cathedral) ; Reception ; Sculpture ; Spectators ; 1200-1300 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Gesta (Fort Tryon Park, N.Y.), 2003, 42, 1
INIST identifier :
24903897 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0016-920X ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
International Center of Medieval Art, Fort Tryon Park, NY
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;