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Dale Kinney to lecture at Wofford on March 12

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Spartanburg, S.C. – Dale Kinney, professor of the history of art at Bryn Mawr College, will give a presentation on “Pilgrims and Antiquaries in Medieval Rome” on Monday, March 12. The 8 p.m. lecture, in the Olin Teaching Theater, is free and open to the public.

“Medieval Rome was a baffling maze of ruins, relics, and enigmatic vestiges of a collectively forgotten past,” Kinney says. “The pilgrim who went to St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at the tomb of the first apostle had to pass by the Pigna Fountain, at an assemblage of Roman fragments including gryphons, peacocks, and a colossal pine cone, a pagan symbol of regeneration and fertility. Nearly every Christian church was similarly embedded in ancient remains.”

In her presentation, Kinney will explore the reactions of medieval pilgrims to these remnants of antiquity and the stories invented by Christian officials to explain them.

For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Schmunk, professor of art history and chair of the department of fine arts, at schmunkpl@wofford.edu or (865) 597-4599.