Exploring Death and the Maiden Imagery with Dr Christina Welch
At the Dissenters Chapel on Sunday 15th October at 5:00 pm

The image of Death and the Maiden, expressing the folly, futility and transience of earthly vanities, has been known to exist for almost half a millennium. It employs the female figure to represent vanitas (transient life) and voluptas (earthly pleasure) juxtaposed with a male figure symbolising Death. In this illustrated talk, Dr Christina Welch will examine the iconography of this potent image from its use by 16th Century Reformation Germany painters to calendar art produced by 21st Century coffin manufacturers in Italy and Poland depicting scantily clad women embracing coffins.

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Dr Christina Welch is a senior lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Winchester, and programme leader for the masters degree in Death, Religion and Culture. Her research interests lie in the field of visual and material culture and their intersection with religion, with a specialism in the role that these forms of representation play in the construction of spiritual identities. She has recently published work on European toy representations of North American Indians, and on late-medieval cadaver monuments.

Travel advice to the Dissenters' Chapel - During the day guests can walk through the cemetery to get to the chapel but at night the main cemetery gates on the Harrow Road will be closed and the only accessible entrance is on Ladbroke Grove. Previously the address for this entrance was 364 Ladbroke Grove but this number has now been updated to 391.

The two closest underground stations are Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line) or Kensal Green (overground and Bakerloo Line). From Ladbroke Grove station there are several buses you can take to the Dissenters which include either the 28, 52 or 452. It's best to get off at the Sainbury's bus stop and then it's a short walk down Ladbroke Grove to the entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel.


The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Ticket includes tour of the catacombs.