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Colloquia Series – Or Vallah
WhenWednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, 4 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationArt Building (ART)
Campus roomRoom 312
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDivision of Art History, School of Art + Art History + Design

Recreating the Madonna’s Girdle: Material Change and Change in Matter

The Madonna’s girdle, one of Tuscany’s principal relics, is a wool and leather sash that has been said to arrive in Prato in 1141, thus increasing Prato’s religious and economic status. Over six decades after Prato became a Florentine subordinate (1351), a relief featuring the handing of the girdle to St. Thomas was commissioned from Nanni di Banco to decorate Florence's Duomo. A silk girdle was made to adorn the composition, but is now lost. In this talk, Or Vallah will discuss the material disparity between the two girdles, within the frame of the complex relationships between Florence and Prato.

Or Vallah is a PhD student in Art History.

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