City of Skulls: Art, Ritual, and the Afterlife in Early Modern Naples

Graylin Harrison, M.A.

City of Skulls examines death culture in early modern Naples through a study of its funerary art and devo-tional objects. The study moves fluidly between fine art, material culture, architecture, and the "living map" of processions and festivals in order address its fundamental inquiry: how and why was death different in Naples? In addition to art historical methodologies, this research brings to bear the history of medicine, social history, and cultural anthropology on a diverse array of both canonical and understudied art objects. While firmly rooted in the early modern period,  his dissertation will explore continuities be-tween pre-modern death culture in Naples and that of the twentieth century and today.

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