Index of Medieval Art



The South Cerney Head, wood and gesso, ca.1130. British Museum. Reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

10 am to 5:30 pm, reception to follow

Please note:This will be a hybrid conference. In accordance with campus health and safety guidelines, on-site attendance in Rabinowitz A17 will be limited to 50 pre-registered Princeton University students, faculty, staff, and others with building access approval from the university. Face coverings are required. Off-campus participants are cordially invited to join the conference online. All registration is free.

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Seven speakers will consider the role played by fragments and fragmentation in the medieval and modern understanding of works of art. Their half-hour papers will address such topics as the use or reuse of fragments in the creation of new works; quotation and replication as a kind of fragmentation; fragmentation of the perceptual or conceptual experience of a work; deliberate fragmentation or fragmentariness in works such as pilgrims’ tokens or votive objects; and the modern engagement with fragments as an attempt to reconstruct lost works of art, lost visual traditions, or lost cultural practices.


Coffee service, 9 am

Morning session, 10 am to noon:

Susanne Wittekind (Universität zu Köln), “Fragmented and Recomposed: Jewellery and Ivories Reused on Precious Book Covers”

Gregor Kalas (University of Tennessee at Knoxville), “Fragments of the Arch of the Argentarii and the Early Medieval Remaking of San Giorgio in Velabro in Rome” 

Shirin Fozi (University of Pittsburgh), “The Knotted Philology of the Quedlinburg Carpet Fragments: Image, Text, and Context, ca. 1200”

Afternoon sessions, 2pm–5:15 pm:

Patricia Blessing (Princeton University), “Fragments of Paradise: Ottoman Wall Paintings in the 15th century”

Henry D. Schilb (Princeton University), “Fragments of What? Three and a Half Ways of Looking at Patchwork Epitaphioi”

Coffee break, 3 pm

Kathryn M. Rudy (University of Saint Andrews), “Fragmenting the Face of Christ in the Late Middle Ages”

William Diebold, Reed College), “‘These fragments I have shored against my ruins’: Medieval Art as Redemption in Post-World-War-II Cologne”

Reception at Prospect House, 5:30-8:00 pm