This session will dive into how writers have processed past pandemics through their work, and discuss how metaphors are being used to describe the current COVID 19 pandemic as it is unfolding.
In this session we’ll be looking at the response of the visual arts to pandemics, with particular emphasis on the roles of sculpture and painting in the aftermath of the Black Death in Italy in 1348. We’ll see the effects of apocalyptic fearmongering, social and political polarization and fake news on the production and reception of sculpture and painting in the later fourteenth century, providing a window for us into how a pandemic was experienced in one corner of the premodern world.
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