The image of Death and the Maiden, expressing the folly, futility and transience of earthly vanities, has been known to exist for almost half a millennium. It employs the female figure to represent vanitas (transient life) and voluptas (earthly pleasure) juxtaposed with a male figure symbolising Death.
In this illustrated talk, Christina Welch will examine the iconography of this potent image from its use by 16th Century Reformation Germany painters to calendar art produced by 21st Century coffin manufacturers in Italy and Poland depicting scantily clad women embracing coffins.
A Salon in the Cemetery with Dr Christina Welch
As part of the London Month of the Dead
Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's gin cocktail. Please visit http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com for further information and tickets
Dr Christina Welch is a senior lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Winchester, and programme leader for the masters degree in Death, Religion and Culture. Her research interests lie in the field of visual and material culture and their intersection with religion, with a specialism in the role that these forms of representation play in the construction of spiritual identities. She has recently published work on European toy representations of North American Indians, and on late-medieval cadaver monuments.