(NCR) Medieval art is relatable today, even out of context

Last Supper and Agony in the Garden

Detail of “The Last Supper and the Agony in the Garden,” Spoleto, Italy, circa 1300, fresco transferred to canvas (Courtesy of Worcester Art Museum)

My article “Medieval art is relatable today, even out of context” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

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“Given the increasing misappropriation of medieval crusader rhetoric by American white supremacists and the constant misinterpretation of movements like [the Islamic State] as ‘medieval,’ just to name two examples, our work is more important than ever,” she said. “As scholars who grapple with the complex, multivalent and multicultural Middle Ages, it is incumbent on us to work to set the record straight.”

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