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Join Professor Amy Appleford of the College of Arts & Sciences, for a luncheon and discussion of The Danse Macabre – right in time for Halloween, Day of the Dead, and All Souls Day.
The visual motif of the Dance of Death, or Dance Macabre, appeared for the first time in Paris in 1424 and soon after in London on the walls of Old Saint Paul cathedral. The medieval dance was a painting or fresco showing a line of dancers, a chain that alternated between the dead and the living. The live dancers represent all ranks of society: from the highest ranks of the medieval hierarchy, pope and king; descending to its lowest, laborer, hermit, and child. Each dancer’s hand is taken by a skeleton or an extremely decayed body.
Take part in the conversation as Appleford discusses the emergence and meaning of the Danse Macabre in its European and English contexts in the century before the Protestant Reformation.