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


February 11th, 2014



Price Auditorium

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL


This symposium examines 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. This symposium features papers of new scholarship that explore how developing Eucharistic doctrine was translated—and transformed—visually.


Symposium presenters, in anticipated order, will be: Dr. Aden Kumler (University of Chicago) Specific objects: Eucharistic literality in the Middle Ages, Nancy Thebaut (University of Chicago) “Hoc est Corpus Meum”: Paint and the Eucharist in11th-c. Evangeliaries from Echternach, Dr. Florian Wöller (Universität Basel) What is “hoc”? Deixis According to Some Late-medieval Eucharistic Theories, Sophie Schweinfurth (Universität Basel) The Communion of the Apostles: Visualizing the Eucharistic Mystery in Byzantium, Roland Betancourt (Yale University) Byzantine Virality: The Mechanics of Eucharistic Representation, Dr. Corinna T. Gallori (Independent Scholar, Milan) Holy Name, Holy Presence, Dr. Elizabeth C. Parker (Fordham University) Envisioning the Eucharist in Antelami’s Parma Deposition.


Symposium co-organized by Dr. Matthew Milliner (Wheaton College) and Dr. James Romaine (Nyack College).


The symposium is FREE with museum admission. Advance registration is requested. To register, email James Romaine at