“Taste my meat”: Consuming Christ’s Body as Food

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 8:00am to Friday, September 18, 2015 - 5:00pm

We know what Jesus said from the Bible. But Christ’s legacy persisted through history not just as words in inviolable texts but as perishable flesh and blood to be consumed. From the European Renaissance through the eighteenth century, Christ’s body as salvific nourishment was perpetuated in images, poetry, music, and ceremony. Also concurrent was an emerging Christianized form of cannibalism and the drinking of blood and breast milk as a medicinal cure. Early modern Eucharistic elevation motets, poems about Christ’s body imagined as a ripe grape for the making of sweet wine, and images of sacrificial rituals are paired with medicinal texts on the efficacy of ingesting and digesting human flesh and fluids. This exhibit hopes to show, in its diversity of sources, that while Christ’s words provided spiritual sustenance, his body also ensured corporeal health.


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