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Oklahoma State University

Art History Roundtable: Katlyn Smith

Join us for a discussion titled  "Constructing Death: La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte" led by Katlyn Smith, MA candidate in Art History at OSU. 

Written in 1792 by Fr. Joaquín Bolaños, La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte chronicles the life of Death as a female figure. This discussion explores the many layers of construction that appear throughout the text and 18 accompanying illustrations. The materiality and social context surrounding the book’s publication will be emphasized, along with investigation of Death’s unique gender construction that draws on contemporaneous portrayals of Death from the viceroyalty of New Spain. 

 

When: Thursday, April 5, 5 pm 
Where: OSU Museum of Art