Faith-based Responses to Epidemics

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text

Watch a recording of Sara Masinelli in this online event looking at how faith and religion have influenced responses to epidemics in the past and how these reactions have been represented in 18th- and 19th-century Christian Italian prints.

Sara looks closely at a few items from the collections, including etchings and lithographs made after medieval banners and ex-voto. The event reflects on how humanity has turned to religion and art throughout history as an outlet for emotions as a result of tragic events such as pandemics. 


Booking opens Wednesday 17 February 2021 00:00

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About your speaker

Sara Masinelli

Sara Masinelli is the Collections Auditor for Prints, Drawings, Paintings and Photographs at Wellcome Collection. She obtained a post-graduate degree in Medieval and Renaissance Art History from the University of Bologna in 2011. Although she is very busy with the inventory of the Visual Material collections, she enjoys conducting research and sharing knowledge on Wellcome Collection’s beautiful objects.