Lecture with Prof. Diane Bodart on November 26

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The Department of the History of Art’s Graduate Student Lecture Series, along with the Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe, presents a lecture with Prof. Diane Bodart (Columbia University) at 6 p.m. in Gilman 50 on November 26, 2018. The lecture is titled, “The Mirror-Shield of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.” In her portraits, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the celebrated seventeenth-century Mexican poet, wears an impressively large nun badge, as part of her Hieronymite monastic dress. Through this example, the talk will investigate the practice of wearing images in the Early Modern period, focusing on the modes of interaction activated by the inscription of images on the body. It will also undertake a close examination of the potential structure en abyme embedded in the depiction of an image-bearer. Ultimately, the analysis will allow to reconsider the role of the Mexican Phoenix in the construction of her “faithful image”.