Whilst death as in dying is ubiquitous, the way that cultures understand death varies. In this talk you will explore a range of representations of death in European art and literature between 1300-1700. In terms of art, our speaker will look at memorial effigies, book illuminations, vernacular wall-paintings, and the work of master artists who imaged death as a person.
But not all European cultures depicted death visually. so as well as thinking about the subject of death in well-known works such as those by Chaucer and Shakespeare, Dante and Milton. Our speaker will consider the lesser known Spanish Danca and Polish Master Polikarp which describe death in graphic text. We will find that in some European countries death is gendered male, and in others death is female, but always that death perceptions link intimately to religion, which in Europe was Christianity in a variety of traditions.
A huge subject area, this talk has to be selective but provides a wide range of representations of death across the 400 years and throughout Europe.
Dr Christina Welch lectures at the University of Winchester; to undergraduates on religious studies, and to postgraduates on death studies as part of the Masters degree in Death, Religion and Culture by Distance Learning. She combines the two subject areas in her research on Renaissance-era cadaver sculptures in Britain and Ireland. Follow her on twitter @ChristinaAWelch
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