Gates to Paradise: Creating metal doors for 11th-12th century churches

Project Details


The project aims at revealing the strong connection between materials and the closely-related material-iconography and semantics, as well as the underlying inter-personal networks between scholars and artists behind these connections through a holistic, interdisciplinary study of 11th-12th century metal doors of European churches to reveal the strong connection. The objectives of the project are:
1)Characterise materials and techniques used in the construction of the doors;
2)Identify artists, and their specific alloys and techniques;
3)Visualize networks of material knowledge: Properties, affordance and the material iconology in image systems.
Answers to these, and resultant questions are sought by an interdisciplinary approach including historic, art historic and archaeometric sources as well as by creating new analytical data.
GAPAMET’s material science approach intends to identify materials and technologies used for the production of the doors. By this, and by following the approach of perceptive categories, we will reveal the artist’s knowledge, skill, and understanding of material affordance, as well as the technological and artistic exchange and influence between different artists. We aim to reveal moreover the network and knowledge exchange between scholars and artists, ranging from the patron and scene designer, to artists such as carpenter, wax sculptor, foundry men, and engraver.
Recognising the material affordance, and by understanding its iconology within the field of material knowledge represented by those networks, we will investigate how material choices influence, and are influenced by, the conceptualization of image systems.
Short titleCreating metal doors for 11th-12th century churches
Effective start/end date1/01/2231/12/24