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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Christmas Lecture at Ushaw College

13th December 2017, 17:30, Ushaw College, Durham

You are invited to this year's Christmas Lecture at Ushaw College (13th December 2017 5:30 — free event but reservation needed) by Dr Stefano Cracolici (Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art) on 'Nativity: A Live Performance'. The art of capturing in little statuettes the daily activities of common people, of carefully displaying them around a manger and of crowning a crib with a glowing comet is a diffused practice among Catholics throughout the world to honour the birth of Jesus. While tracing the history of the nativity scene as a seasonal display in art, cinema and popular culture, this lecture will also focus on its performative re-enactments as ‘living nativity scenes’ (tableaux vivants), in which real humans and animals interact. Point of departure of the presentation will be two little-known admirable paintings by Franz von Rohden at Ushaw College, in which living contemporary characters are featured. Some of the material presented in this lecture is part of the Rome in the World Project led by Dr Cracolici at Durham University. This lecture is organised by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and the Centre for Catholic Studies (both at Durham University) as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series.

Contact stefano.cracolici@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.