Wednesday 21st September 2016
Winchester Discovery Centre
19:00 - 21:00
An evening of: anatomy, religion, the after-life, and late-medieval carved cadaver sculptures with Dr Christina Welch.
Free entry and complimentary drink
Christina is a senior lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Winchester where she also leads the MA in Death, Religion and Culture.
Christina employs an interdisciplinary approach to research, drawing on an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies with Psychology, and a masters in the Archaeology of Art and Representation.
Her current research continues to be interdisciplinary and explores the connections between early anatomy, religion, the after-life, and art through the exploration of late-medieval carved cadaver sculptures, the subject of this evenings talk.
In the late-medieval era, an unusual style of mortuary memorial developed amongst the social elite of England and Wales; wealthy land owners, prosperous merchants and high ranking clerics. Despite the represented individuals being of a high social status, the memorial imaged them naked and emaciated, laying in an open burial shroud with only a strategically placed hand or drape of material protecting their modesty. This talk examines these memorials, placing them in their religious context, exploring their connections with their continental counterparts, and touching on their importance in both the history of sculpture, and the ‘pre-history’ of anatomy.