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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Saint Elizabeth: Leading by Example

Artwork has been used throughout history as a tool that can inspire people or tell the story of a life and time. During the High Middle Ages, when most common people were illiterate, art had a significant role in storytelling, especially for the Church. Images of saints were particularly popular since they became not only objects for prayer but also role models for daily life. Today these pieces can be studied to reveal more about the culture and society of those people. One such piece is a sculpture of Saint Elizabeth. Her life of obedience and service to her God became a model for all those around her, even after her death, as well as a source of hope for those in need. This image depicts the story of her humble life and also shows the societal interplay of religion and everyday life during her time.

Presenter: Stephanie Vandernoot (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)