Last Things: Luxury Goods and Memento Mori Culture in Europe, c. 1400-1550

November 3 and November 4, 2017
Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine

In conjunction with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's Ivory Mirror exhibition, this symposium brings together an interdisciplinary team of curators and academics to discuss the circulation of themes relating to mortality and the macabre in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Topics addressed will include late medieval and Renaissance ivory carving, luxury goods, kunstkammer collections, anatomical studies, literary texts, and tomb sculpture. Complete schedule available.

Image credits: Memento mori pendant from a chaplet, southern Netherlands or northern France, ca. 1520-1530. Ivory with traces of paint. 2 x 1 7/16 x 1 5/16 in. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2149-1855. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London