Coronet Inside Out: Hisham Matar
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A Month in Siena
A personal reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hisham Matar from his new book, A Month in Siena, a record of looking at paintings from the Sienese School, but also a meditation on loss, love, intimacy and art.
“The Sienese School, which sits between the waning influence of the eastern church and before that fabulous activity which we call the Renaissance, was dramatically altered by the 1348 plague, the Black Death. The chapter I will read from, titled ’The Problem with Faith’, looks at how that pandemic changed not only human society, but the imagination itself. Its traces can be perceived even today, perhaps more lucidly during these difficult days of Covid-19.” – Hisham Matar