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The Early Modern Memento Mori

Posted By Kaara L. Peterson, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Early Modern Memento Mori

The most recognizable memento mori image in all of Western culture is still probably Shakespeare's Hamlet holding Yorick's skull aloft in the play's graveyard scene, with Holbein's anamorphic work, The Ambassadors (1533), perhaps running a close second. Recently, however, NPG London curator Tarnya Cooper has explored the broad range of vanitas portraits painted of the bourgeois citizens of 16th- and 17th-c. England and Europe, attesting to the wider appeal and popularity of the vanitas portrait for Renaissance culture.

This panel solicits papers for the 2018 RSA meeting in New Orleans that will consider new scholarship on the early modern memento mori or vanitas tradition, broadly construed. Cross-disciplinary work is particularly welcome, but papers may be focused on portraiture or other visual arts (natures mortes, etc.), literature, material culture artifacts, theater performance, etc.

Please send the following by Wednesday, 31 May to Kaara L. Peterson, petersk7@miamioh.edu:

Tags:  memento mori  natures mortes  vanitas 

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