ONLINE ART HISTORY COURSE
Medicine, Make-Up, and Miracles in Renaissance Italy
As the primary caregivers for families and communities, Renaissance women held a vast store of knowledge of medical remedies. Healing potions and oils were concocted via word of mouth or recipes, passed down from woman to woman. These earthly remedies were boosted by prayers and relics of the saints. Medical care of the body went along with aesthetic care, and women created perfumes, makeup and hair dyes to improve their appearance. But sometimes this knowledge was seen as dangerous, and women were accused of witchcraft instead of healing. This course will explore the different ways Renaissance women shared and spread healing knowledge.
Dr. Meghan Callahan has lived and worked in London since 2006. Like Rocky, she earned her Master’s degree in Art History from Syracuse University as a Florence Fellow. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University. Meghan is the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning at Syracuse University London, where she has taught art history and history classes on Italian Art in London and the UK; Women and Art: London and UK; and Underground London.
She worked on the reinstallation of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and then with the sculpture dealer Patricia Wengraf. Meghan has published various articles and essays on the architectural patronage of the 16th-century mystic nun Sister Domenica da Paradiso, miraculous paintings in Renaissance Florence, and Italian Renaissance and Baroque sculpture.
Virtual Classroom: Full access to an online educational platform with syllabus, videos of recordings, reading list, podcasts, discussion forum, and more.
Location: LIVE INTERACTIVE ON-LINE ART HISTORY LECTURES
Readings to be provided to students in PDF format prior to the beginning of course.
Complete syllabus will be provided upon registration.
- ALL LECTURES WILL BE RECORDED AND AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE IN OUR VIDEO LIBRARY FOR THE DURATION OF THE COURSE