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Symposium: Envisioning the Eucharist—Transcending the Literal in Medieval and Byzantine Art

February 11, 2014
Price Auditorium
Free with museum admission

This daylong symposium will examine the assertion that Medieval and Byzantine art functioned not as a mere supplement to or reduction of advanced theological concepts, but as theology in its own right. 

Featured will be new scholarship that explores how developing Eucharistic doctrine was translated—and transformed—visually. Special consideration will be given to how artists envisioned the Eucharist theologically and transcended the literal representation of the Last Supper to convey other dimensions of the Eucharistic mystery.

To register, please email James Romaine at

Registration is required for this program.

10:45 Welcome

Dr. James Romaine
President of the Board of Directors
Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art
Associate Professor of Art History
Nyack College

Dr. Christina Nielsen
Assistant Curator, Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art
The Art Institute of Chicago

Dr. Matthew Milliner
Assistant Professor of Art History
Wheaton College

11:00 Keynote Address

Dr. Aden Kumler
Associate Professor of Art History and the College
University of Chicago
"Specific Objects: Eucharistic Literality in the Middle Ages"

12:00 Break

12:10 Morning Session

Nancy Thebaut
Ph.D Student
University of Chicago
“Hoc est Corpus Meum: Paint and the Eucharist in 11th-c. Evangeliaries from Echternach" 

Dr. Florian Wöller
Wissenschaftlicher Assistant
Universität Basel
"What is 'hoc'?: Deixis According to Some Late-Medieval Eucharistic Theories"

1:10 Lunch

2:30 ASCHA Announcements

2:40 Afternoon Session

Roland Betancourt
Ph.D. Candidate 
Yale University
"Byzantine Virality: The Mechanics of Eucharistic Representation"

Dr. Corinna T. Gallori 
Independent Scholar
Milan, Italy
"Holy Name, Holy Presence"

10 Minute Break

Dr. Elizabeth C. Parker
Professor Emerita of Art History
Fordham University
"Envisioning the Eucharist in Antelami’s Parma Deposition"

4:20 Concluding Discussion

This event is presented by the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art

Willem Vrelant or his workshop (Bruges). The Mass of St. Gregory, from a Book of Hours, 1460/70. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. Stanley Johnson in honor of Anselmo Carini.