Holy Wars and Unholy Art Oct. 18

Please join us on Thursday, October 18 for our second Art History Speaker Series lecture. Dr. Elizabeth Lipsmeyer, Director of Art History and Associate Professor of Art at Old Dominion University, will speak on “Holy Wars and Unholy Art: Images of the Muslim on Christian Churches” in Yeager Recital Hall at 6 p.m.

Dr. Lipsmeyer will examine distorted and shocking images of Muslims on Romanesque churches in Spain and France.  Her lecture will provoke questions about the purposes of such sculptures, about their creators, and about art historical methodology.  How might one interpret art that is propagandistic and inflammatory within its medieval religious and cultural contexts?  Further, what meaning does such imagery have for us today.