University of Rochester

EVENT: Exhibition on treatment of death in literature and art in the Middle Ages

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, now through Thursday, March 17, in the Rossell Hope Robbins Library in Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

January 3, 2006

The exhibition, titled "Oh Death!: Death, Dying, and the Culture of the Macabre in the Late Middle Ages," includes literature and art from the 14th and 15th centuries that reflect European views on death following the high mortality rates of bubonic plague. "The people of the Middles Ages were more familiar and comfortable with death than we are," notes graduate student Emily Huber, who prepared the exhibit. The exhibit includes books that treat topics like The Black Death: A Biological Reappraisal and The Death of a Miser; photos of locations of mass graves; quotes about death and preparing for death; and artwork such as The Triumph of Death by Flemish artist Pieter Bruegal the Elder.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact The Robbins Library at (585) 275-0110.