Here is the last installment of the History Cafe visits the Metropolitan museum in New York. If you didn’t hear the first two, they are all separate topics. The first two cover the twelfth century, and late-medieval mysticism. This time, we’re talking about archeological reconstructions. Most of the archeological sites and many of the ruins we look at are in part repaired or reconstructed and it isn’t always obvious how. Continue reading History Cafe visits the Met with Lauren Mancia — Archeological Reconstruction
This is part two of our History Cafe Visits the Met series and Lauren Mancia is back to talk about how objects and images interacted with Medieval ideas of mystical experience. This is the podcast where we talk about the little bed (see the image below). We were down in the main museum, not in the cloisters, and we looked at a seemingly random set of images connected by their very close connection to the spiritual practices of mysticism.
Lauren Mancia is back and for a whole series we are calling The History Cafe Visits the Met! We recorded several podcasts live at the Met Museum looking at specific items in the collections ranging from the Gothic Chapel to the Temple of Dendur to a little tiny doll’s bed used for mystical contemplation (this will be coming up soon!) For today, we have our discussion of several objects in the Gothic Chapel at the Cloisters Museum.
Today we have the assistant professor of medieval history from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Lauren Mancia. Lauren works on monastic devotional practices and culture in Normandy, specializing in the writings of the Abbot John of Fécamp (ca. 990-1078 A.D.) In this podcast, she talks to us about a major shift in the understanding and relationship with Christ that began in the eleventh century. Prior to that time, people tended to see Christ as more of a conquering hero, unafraid of death, and unsuffering on the cross. After the shift to what is known as “affective” piety, people began to emphasize Christ’s humanity and his sufferings and used that as a way to find emotional closeness with the divine. This fundamental way of viewing Christ is still with us and remains the emotional core of most of western Christianity to this day. Continue reading Affective Piety with Lauren Mancia