Portraying a Female God

Portraying a Female God

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  • Friday, April 26, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, 200, Humanities Center

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The USD Medieval and Renaissance Studies annual Lecture presents, "Portraying a Female God: The Strange Story of a Lost Fresco, an Apocalyptic Cult, and a Dead Princess in Thirteenth-Century Milan." This talk discusses an apocalyptic religious cult in thirteenth-century Milan, which centered upon a woman named Guglielma. After Guglielma's death in 1281, her devotees claimed that she had been the Holy Spirit incarnate in female form and that she soon would resurrect in order initiate the apocalypse and a new world order. Dr. Caciola will unpack the story of Guglielma and her followers chiefly through close analysis of a sinopia (painting in earth pigment) she discovered in an abbey in suburban Milan, portraying a woman as part of a Trinitarian group. Nancy Caciola, PhD is a professor of History at the University of California, San Diego.
Co-Sponsored by The Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, the History Department, the Humanities Center, and the College of Arts and Sciences.


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