Church Monuments Society

Detail of the incised tomb slab of Andreas Dix (d. 1711), Sint Martinuskerk, Wijk (near Maastricht), Netherlands. Photo from the Greenhill collection now held by the Society of Antiquaries, London.

Learn how to die! Moralising messages on macabre monuments



Online event

The All Hallows series of FREE lectures is back! Sophie Oosterwijk looks at the messages on some macabre monuments.

Transi or cadaver tombs will be familiar from other Church Monuments Society talks and articles. Yet some cadaver effigies represent not the deceased, but Death himself. Such memorials should be considered in the wider context of ‘the macabre’. Interesting comparisons are found in the medieval motifs of revenants and the Dance of Death. Here we will be looking at art from the UK, Low Countries, Germany and France. Join us for a spooky Halloween lecture full of dancing and moralising corpses.

Dr Sophie Oosterwijk, FSA was born in Gouda (Netherlands) and obtained an MA in English Literature at Leiden University and then an MA in Medieval Studies at York. Her PhD thesis in Art History at Leicester focused on the presentation of the infant in medieval culture, while the subject of her PhD at Leiden was the Dance of Death in text and image in late-medieval England. She has taught at the universities of St Andrews, Leicester and Manchester, and worked as a researcher at Utrecht University. She has published widely and is a free-lance researcher and lecturer for various organisations. Sophie has long been an active member of the Church Monuments Society, including many years as Editor of the journal Church Monuments.

Event Information

This online talk is FREE to all and will take place on Zoom. Places must be booked via Eventbrite at This is one of a series of online talks delivered by the Church Monuments Society for Autumn 2022.

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