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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Bowes Lecture Series: Professor Andy Beresford 'The Legend of St Lucy in Medieval Spanish Art

24th May 2016, 18:00, Bowes Museum, Bowes, Co Durham

This paper explores the representation of St Lucy in medieval Spanish art, focusing predominately on a late thirteenth-century altarpiece produced in north western Catalonia, where the identity of the saint is partially conflated with that of her illustrious Sicilian forebear, St Agatha. In addition to a consideration of the complex relationship between vision and blindness, the paper discusses the signifying potential of the human body and the function of images of suffering as catalysts for devotion. It seeks in so doing to question medieval conceptions of identity, showing how the borders of identity are fluid and unstable rather than rigid or fixed.

Free to Durham University Students. Discount of 50% for friends of The Bowes Museum, Art fund members, NADFAS members, Durham University staff.

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