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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

What to Wear for a Martyrdom


What to Wear for a Martyrdom: Fashion tips for executioners from Late Quattrocento/Early Cinquecento Masters, North and South of the Alps.

A lecture by David Cohen given at New York Studio School, April 1 2014

Francesco Scanzi, Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia, 1528 Sta. Maria delle Grazie, Soncino.  Photo: David Cohen

Francesco Scanzi, Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia, 1528
Sta. Maria delle Grazie, Soncino. Photo: David Cohen

This lecture on April 1 was the first public airing of ideas in what is a new area of interest to me, a topic at the nexus of renaissance painting, masculinity studies, fashion theory and the history of religion.  It is my intention to take this study further, and as I’m extremely conscious of the embryonic nature of these speculations, with much potential for erroneous thinking, this video will remain here for a limited time.  I’m posting it to give an opportunity to friends and colleagues who could not attend but might have wanted to hear the lecture to do so and to share their criticisms of it. Thanks to all who listen for their patience in doing so. DC


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One Response to What to Wear for a Martyrdom

  1. Joy Walker says:

    I heard you at the NYSS and wanted to ask, did I miss when you said WHY the bad guys were in contemporary dress and so colorful? Why did they get painted that way?
    Thanks,
    Joy Walker

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