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The Costume Institute Revisited with Page Knox: Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

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This lecture revisits The Costume Institute’s wildly popular 2018 summer exhibition which included approximately 40 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. Encompassing more than 15 papacies from the 18th to the early 21st century, these masterworks included papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras. Using these objects as an interpretative context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism, the lecture will examine some of the ensembles, primarily womenswear, from the early 20th century to the present, that were on view in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, in part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters alongside medieval art from The Met collection. The lecture explores how the show situated these designs within the broader context of religious artistic production to analyze their connection to the historiography of material Christianity and their contribution to the construction of the Catholic imagination, resulting in the most popular exhibition in the history of the museum.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Wed


Page Knox 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/8/2020 - 7/8/2020 Weekly - Wed 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM N/A - Online Page Knox