The Getty Center
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

According to the Bible, the earliest followers of Christ saw flames hovering over each other's heads, while early medieval Europeans witnessed ships flying through the sky or souls being led to heaven. Nowadays, visionaries may claim to perceive the Virgin Mary in the skies or even on food products. Revelation is among the oldest of Christian doctrines but the boundaries of religious visions and visionary behavior have shifted over time, depending on local social and cultural contexts. Lisa Bitel, professor of history and religion at the University of Southern California, investigates the ways that medieval believers revised and shared models for religious visions and visionaries. She delves into stories of mystics and saints, medieval ideas about human eyesight, and images of the holy and supernatural, in order to look at—and see like—medieval visionaries.

Complements the exhibition Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages

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