Research Programs: Summer Stipends

Period of Performance

6/1/2015 - 7/31/2015

Funding Totals

$6,000.00 (approved)
$6,000.00 (awarded)

Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculpted Programs of the Last Judgment in Thirteenth-Century France

FAIN: FT-229986-15

Jennifer M. Feltman
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001)

Summer research and writing on Art History and Criticism, History of Religion, and Medieval Studies.

The Last Judgment, the moment in Christian theology when Christ will separate the Blessed and Damned, was depicted in no less than 20 monumental sculptural programs in thirteenth-century France. Unlike the rare twelfth-century examples at Autun and Conques, these dramatic portals do not emphasize judgment, but rather the potential for salvation: Christ shows his wounds instead of pointing to Heaven or Hell. This book places the novel imagery of the Last Judgment in the context of the new, practical literature for pastoral care, which spread from the University of Paris through clerical networks and--it is argued--was made visible in sculptural programs at the cathedrals of Chartres, Paris, Reims, and Amiens. Perhaps of greatest significance, the book opens up a new way for thinking about sculpted program as works of visual exegesis. This methodology highlights the importance of intellectual history and manuscript studies for the understanding of portal sculpture--and vice versa.

Media Coverage

NEH Award and New Faculty Position for Alumna Jennifer Feltman (Media Coverage)
Publication: Florida State University Art History News
Date: 4/3/2015

Associated Products

Portals of the Last Judgment (Web Resource)
Title: Portals of the Last Judgment
Author: Jennifer M. Feltman
Abstract: This web resource makes available diagrams, descriptions, and hundreds of images of the Last Judgment portals of the Cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, Amiens, and Notre-Dame, Paris. High resolution images are available to the public by request.
Year: 2015
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Digital Resource: Portals of the Last Judgment