medievalwallpaintings

Dr Ellie Pridgeon FSA promoting the study of medieval wall paintings

Recent Paper on Medieval Wall Painting

on July 25, 2012

Recent papers at the Leeds IMC 2012 on medieval wall painting included:

Writings on the Wall: The Discriminating Use of Scripts in Late Medieval Mural Paintings by 
Christian Nikolaus Opitz (Universität Wien):

http://univie.academia.edu/ChristianNikolausOpitz

Christian works on inscription in European wall painting, and his paper examined the uses of different scripts and languages which occur in imagery.  He convincingly argued that vernacular language (in this case Catalan) was generally used to refer to the painter, donor or date, and that Latin was employed for Biblical text.  Majuscule script was used for epigraphic inscriptions commemorating historical events (to add gravitas), whereas  miniscule script was frequently employed to depict spoken words (often rendered in speech scrolls).

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One response to “Recent Paper on Medieval Wall Painting

  1. […] call him an old friend because he featured rather prominently in the paper I presented at last year’s IMC in Leeds, so those of you who were there might even remember the painting from that occasion […]

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