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Art History Lecture - Cristina González, Oklahoma State University

Starts: 17:30 22 March 2018
Ends: 19:30 22 March 2018
What is it: Lecture
Organiser: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Who is it for: University staff, Alumni, Current University students, General public

As part of the ‘Foreign Bodies’ research project, Dr Cristina González (Oklahoma State University) will be delivering a lecture: 'Conventual Bodies and the Body of Christ: The Power of Christocentric Piety in the Early Modern Spanish Convent '

Art history has approached female monastic culture in New Spain through the lens of crowned-nun portraiture, a late colonial genre that reaffirmed a nun’s position as a mystical Bride of Christ. This has led to scholarly neglect of female imitatio Christi and the ecclesiastical pretence exhibited by several early modern holy women in Spain and Spanish America. Using examples from Spain, Mexico, and Guatemala, this talk explores the various pictorial strategies for capturing and performing an alter Christus status in transatlantic female communities. I discuss the images from the standpoint of their theological and political relevance while considering their optical demands and how they enlighten our understanding of a mimesis-imitatio correlation.

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