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Symposium on the Senses


Sunday, October 16, 2016


01:30 PM–03:30 PM

Registration Ended

Symposium on the Senses

The curators for A Feast for the Senses: Art & Experience in Medieval Europe, Martina Bagnoli and Joaneath Spicer, join leading academics for an introduction to the exhibition, and an exploration of how the senses can guide us toward new understandings of art, music, and the world around us. Through a series of thought-provoking presentations, the speakers will examine how the senses were understood in the Middle Ages compared with today.


1:30 p.m. Welcome

1:35 p.m. 
“A Feast for the Senses, Art and Experience in Medieval Europe”
Dr. Martina Bagnoli
Director, Galerie Estensi, Modena

2:15 p.m. 
“The Noblest of the Senses: Art and Sight in the Middle Ages”
Dr. Christopher Lakey
Assistant Professor, Art History, Johns Hopkins University

2:30 p.m. Coffee Break

2:50 p.m. 
“Smoke, Spores, and Soy: Our Olfactory Obsession with Old Books”
Dr. Lynley Herbert
Assistant Curator, Manuscripts and Rare Books, Walters Art Museum

3:05 p.m. 
“Playing with Sight and Sound in Medieval Europe”
Dr. Susan Weiss with accompaniment 
Professor, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University

3:20 p.m. 
“Stroking a Skull: The Role of Touch in Late Medieval Devotion”
Dr. Joaneath Spicer
Curator, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Walters Art Museum

3:35 p.m. 
Reception and book signing of the exhibition catalog with curator and author, Martina Bagnoli 
Members receive a special 20% discount on the exhibition catalog for the entire run of the exhibition from October through January 8th, 2017.

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