Date of Award


Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Studio Fine Arts

Second Department


First Advisor

Chris Duncan

Second Advisor

Steven Sargent


Black Death, Plague, 1347


This thesis examines how plague votives played a pivotal role in helping people cope with the epidemiological crisis known as the Black Death. With medical science powerless, people turned to religion for support. To facilitate devotion and prayers to sacred beings who might intercede on their behalf, a new art form was born. Created in various media, this new plague art, which incorporated previously existing religious imagery and motifs concerning death, offered universally understandable messages of hope and protection for worshippers.


Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.