Making a Good Death in the Later Middle Ages
The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.
As a result of extensive famines, deadly plagues, and interminable wars, the later Middle Ages was haunted by the specter of death. Preachers, poets, playwrights, and artists emphasized death's imminence by developing the theme of memento mori–––"remember you will die." Richard Emmerson, dean, School of Arts, Manhattan College, shows how artists employed a variety of literary and iconographic traditions to "make a good death." Complements the exhibition Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages.
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