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NYU art historian to lecture on medieval manuscript

New York University art historian Kathryn Smith, an expert on late Medieval manuscripts, will visit Bryn Mawr on Tuesday, April 8, to deliver a lecture titled "The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of the Royal Female Self in Late Medieval England."

The talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Carpenter B21. It will be followed by a reception in the Rare Book Room of Canaday Library, where the student-curated exhibition Intimate Devotion: The Book of Hours in Medieval Religious Practice is on display through the end of the semester.

Smith is a prominent scholar of illustrated Gothic manuscripts whose research ranges from early Christian to later medieval art, with a particular emphasis on the role of images in lay religion. She is the author of Art, Identity and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England: Three Women and Their Books of Hours (2003). She contributed an essay as well as catalog entries to Leaves of Gold: Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Collections (2001) and the article "Books of Hours" to Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia (2006). She has also published on images of the destruction of Jerusalem, the significance of imagery of the Old Testament patriarch Joseph in the English Queen Mary Psalter, and the iconography of Susanna and the Elders.

The Intimate Devotion exhibition is the work of 13 Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore students who participated in "The Book of Hours and the Art of Devotion," an undergraduate seminar taught last fall by Bryn Mawr art historian Martha Easton. The exhibition will be open through May 30, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department at 610-526-6576.

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Posted 4/3/2008 by Claudia Ginanni