About this Event
Although today art is associated with museums and galleries, in premodern Europe art was closely tied to one’s fate after death. At that time—when people had an average life-span between 30 and 40 years and about half of all children died before the age of sixteen—death was a very visible part of life. Lynn Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Art History, will lead a tour of Northern European art in the 15th and 16th centuries, when the fascination with death and the macabre was particularly evident. This lecture previews Jacobs' Spring 2023 Honors College Signature Seminar, Death and Art.