Department of Religious Studies

Female Stigmatics in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

Fri, March 14, 2008

Dr. Cordelia Warr, Lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester, speaks about women in late medieval and Renaissance Italy who “acted out” their stigmatic experiences and questions why this phenomenon – the performance of stigmata – is confined to female stigmatics.

Dr. Warr specializes in Italian art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and is particularly interested in clothing, its representation, and its problematic relationship with the spiritual realm. She has published on patronage issues, particularly women as patrons. She is also interested in questions surrounding the symbolic meaning of dress and has published a number of articles on the representation of religious dress. Most recently, she has been preparing a book tentatively entitled, Dressing for Heaven: Physical and Spiritual Dress in Italian Art 1215-1545 , which investigates clothes as liminal objects, drawing on areas such as material culture, Renaissance models of consumption and devotion, and gender studies.

This event will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 4 PM in Waggener Hall 214.

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