The Nursing Virgin: Mary in Egyptian Christian Art

Oct 19, 5:30pm - 7pm

The Nursing Virgin: Mary in Egyptian Christian Art photo

The largest extant body of early Byzantine depictions of the Virgin Mary nursing Christ comes from Egypt. These enigmatic images were produced almost exclusively for a male, monastic audience. They raise numerous questions. Why did monks choose this image? Given that Mary was a virgin, how could she nurse? Where did the milk come from, and what did it do for the Christ child? In this lecture, Elizabeth Bolman will discuss these images and their functional contexts. 

Dr. Elizabeth S. Bolman is the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts, and Chair, Department of Art History, Art and Art Education, Case Western Reserve University, OH. A reception will follow the lecture. 

The lecture is co-sponsored by the UNCG Department of Religious Studies, the Program in Women's and Gender Studies, the School of Art, and the Humanities Network and Consortium. 

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