Migrating Art Historians, Workshop I : Iconic Presence, Pilgrimage and Relics



Year of publication 2017
Type Workshop
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The project Migrating Art Historians has risen from the students and teachers’ experiences at the Department of Art History, Masaryk University, that they have been gathering on French medieval pilgrimage paths for the past five years. What they came to realize is that observing artwork while traveling on foot considerably changes the ability to understand it and makes one study the artwork as an actual event. Of course, behind the process of image creation, there is primarily the intention of a patron and the ability of the artisans. However, it is the pilgrim who – in a particular moment and at a particular place – apprehends and thus possesses the image. Because of this immediate personal contact, the immobile images gain the capacity to enlarge their own visual impact and to retroactively grasp a part of the movement dynamism. That is why a group of twelve students decided to widen their experience as well as to put it into a specific scientific framework and – with the help of modern technology – to transmit it to the wider public.
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