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Course: Death and the Art of Dying in the Renaissance North (Art History, MLitt)

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The course examines the major pictorial, literary and dramatic traditions relevant to the culture of death and dying in the later middle ages and the early renaissance in England and northern Europe (France, Germany, Low Countries). It will include investigation of the Dance of Death, ars moriendi (Art of Dying) and memento mori traditions and commemorative objects, tombs, chantry chapels, and paintings. Seminars will provide opportunities for first-hand observation of illuminated manuscripts, early printed books and prints in Glasgow collections, such as Books of Hours, editions of Hans Holbein’s Images of Death, and prints by Albrecht Dürer and Hans Sebald. At the end of the course, there will be an optional fieldtrip to Hereford Cathedral, which is especially rich in commemorative works of art and architecture relevant to the course themes, from the c. 1300 Hereford World Map to the sixteenth-century Denton tomb. Further information, please contact Dr Debra Strickland (Debra.Strickland@glasgow.ac.uk).