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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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The Body Inside-Out. Anatomy, Memory, and Sculpted Innards at Maubisson Abbey (1253-1652)

23rd January 2018, 17:30 to 20:30, Palace Green Library Learning Centre, Dr Jack Hartnell

Joint IMEMS/CVAC Lecture. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception. Booking is essential.

The now-destroyed Abbey of Maubuisson, situated just northwest of Paris, was a religious foundation that over the centuries created a unique visceral visual culture. By charting a long history of the institution from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries, this paper examines Maubuisson’s bodies - figures formed of painted wood, marble, gilded copper, and raw preserved flesh - to unearth a long-standing proclivity at the abbey for flipping the human form inside-out, a distinctly anatomical instinct at work across Maubuisson’s medieval and early modern history.

Dr Jack Hartnell is Lecturer in Art History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where his research and teaching focus on the visual culture of medieval medicine, mathematics, and cartography. He has previously held fellowships at Columbia University, The Courtauld Institute of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. His recent publications include articles on surgical instruments and anatomical practice, and a book about to be published by the Wellcome Trust and Profile Books entitled Medieval Bodies (April, 2018).

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