"VOTIVE BODIES: WAX AND BEYOND IN MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES"
Ittai Weinryb, Bard Graduate Center
Part of the Silsila fall 2018 Lecture Series, Matters of Mediation/Bodies of Devotion
The unique characteristics of wax and beeswax made the material a crucial participant in votive practices. By focusing on the material of wax, the lecture will outline the relations between, site, body, material and materiality in order to further exemplify the relations between devotees and divinities, between the here and hereafter in Christian devotion.
Ittai Weinryb is an associate professor at the Bard Graduate Center. He is the author of The Bronze Object in the Middle Ages (Cambridge 2016) and the curator of the exhibition Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place (Bard Graduate Center Galleries, September 14, 2018-January 6, 2019). Weinryb is currently developing two new book projects. The first, entitled Art and Experience in the Age of the Astrolabe, focuses on astrological thinking and its influence on image and object making in medieval Europe. The second, Art and Frontier focuses on the early moments of European colonialism.