Dr. Michelle Moseley-Christian of Virginia Tech will lecture at 7:15 p.m. Monday evening on the Mississippi University for Women campus about the portrayal of women in visual art. Photo by: Courtesy Photo
March 31, 2012 3:29:36 PM
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The Mississippi University for Women Department of Art and Design Speaker Series presents Dr. Michelle Moseley-Christian, who will speak on "The Transformation of the 'Wild Woman' in the Visual Arts" Monday, April 2.
The lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium in the Art and Design Building on campus.
Legends of "wild women" date to the late Middle Ages, in stories about human-like figures, covered in hair, who lived in forests. Moseley-Christian notes that the wild woman "was known for her hideous ugliness, a violent temper, her lust for human men and a reputation for cannibalism." In the 15th century, however, visual artists changed this terrifying medieval creature into a "beautiful, nurturing caregiver."
Moseley-Christian's presentation will examine how and why the folk tradition of the wild woman changed so radically.
Hailing from north Alabama, Moseley-Christian is an assistant professor in art history at Virginia Tech and specializes in Dutch and Flemish Baroque art and Renaissance art. She has published and presented conference papers on the topic of the 'wild woman' of the Renaissance era as well as a number of other topics.
The lecture is free and open to the public.