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The Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art

cropped image of an icon featuring a crucifixion scene

Christ on the Cross with the Virgin and Saints Clare, John the Evangelist, and Francis (detail), c. 1320. Pietro Lorenzetti (Italian, 1280–1348). Tempera and gold leaf on panel; 45.4 x 36.3 cm. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.119. Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College 

Flesh and Fabric: The Raiment of the Passion in a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti

Speaker: Professor Jeffrey H. Hamburger, Harvard University

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Location:  Lecture Hall
John C. and Sally S. Morley Family Foundation Lecture Hall
Free; ticket required

About The Event

At the top of a painting of a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti (c. 1280–1348), an angel holds in one hand an unfurled scroll and in the other a bloody tunic. Never previously noted, let alone explained, this unique combination of motifs provides the key to understanding the panel’s unusual imagery. It sheds fresh light on the complex nexus between art, piety, and theology in 14th-century Italy, particularly at Assisi—the site of the mother house of the Franciscan order, where the panel most likely was made. This talk integrates the results of the recent technical examination of the panel and related art historical research.

There is a public reception following the lecture.

This lecture is cosponsored by the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University and is made possible by the Julius Fund.


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