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Beneath The Skin of Ribera’s Bodies

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Join art historian Jack Hartnell to learn about the complex and fascinating ways in which the people of the Middle Ages thought about, explored and experienced their physical selves.

Jack is Lecturer in Art History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Jack’s research and teaching focuses on the history of art and visual culture in the very broadest sense, investigating the relationship between art objects and their makers, audiences, and original contexts.

Jack’s research also focuses on the history of medicine and health and his most recent book, Medieval Bodies: Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages (April 2018, Wellcome/Profile), tells the story of how people in the Middle Ages came to conceive of their own bodies: how the body functioned, what it came to stand for in medieval culture, and how it was vividly realised, idolised, and distorted by medieval artisans of all types.