2021 Treasures of Religious Art of the DIA


The Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies, in partnership with the Department of Middle East Studies (University of Michigan), is pleased to announce an online lecture that explores the religious themes of the Detroit Institute of Art. We welcome Dr. Shelley Perlove to introduce us to the collection. Dr. Perlove will speak at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Her presentation is presentation is titled the “Treasures of Religious Art of the Detroit Institute of Arts.” A Question & Answer time will immediately follow the presentation.

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“Treasures of Religious Art of the Detroit Institute of Arts” focuses upon the diverse and ever-changing images of Christ and Mary from the 14th through the 17th century in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Exquisite works from the Detroit Institute of Arts will be discussed in terms of their meaning and distinctive cultural context, including traditions of Catholic and Protestant interpretation.  Also discussed are the varied techniques employed by artists working with such materials as wood, marble, enamel, and of course paint. In many cases an attempt will be made to theoretically “reconstruct” the original settings of these works within religious society. Issues of museum display will be a major component of this discussion that examines works of architecture, as well as altarpieces and other devotional objects created for ecclesiastical and domestic settings.

Dr. Shelley Perlove, Professor Emerita of the History of Art of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, specializes in Italian and Dutch art of the seventeenth century. Her scholarly interests include art and religious culture in early modern Europe, the Hebrew Bible, material culture, and the visual arts, and visual typology in sixteenth-century art.