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The Sensuous Appeal of the Holy. Sensory Agency of Sacred Art and Somatised Spiritual Experiences in Medieval Europe (12th-15th century)

Project description

Sacred art and the senses in Medieval Europe

Art moves the eyes. But is sight the only sense we use to appreciate it? This is the question posed by the EU-funded SenSArt project, which will analyse quantitatively and qualitatively the perceptual schemes that orientated the reception of sacred art. The project will investigate how art solicited its beholders through multiple sensory inputs. Focussing on 12th–15th century Europe, it will consider the 'sensory agency' of art, seeing sacred art as a primary actor capable of exerting (through sensorial stimulation or deprivation) a social agency on its audience. By comparing different social groups on a local, regional and supranational scale, the researchers will be able to phenomenologically map experiences on a European scale. The project will delineate the complex social interactions between humans, art and the senses, increasing our understanding of Medieval Europe.

Host institution

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 328,00
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 499 328,00

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 328,00
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova

See on map

Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 499 328,00