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.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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