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Mary MagdaleneThe McClung Museum is holding a special program called "The Legend of Mary Magdalene in the Middle Ages," 7-8:30 pm Tues, Oct 16, in conjunction with the Medieval and Renaissance Semester and the museum’s "Sacred Beauty: A Millennium of Religious Art, 600-1600" exhibit.

The exhibit includes a reliquary purported to contain a tooth of Mary Magdalene, the first witness to the Resurrection. Robert Bast, Riggsby Director of the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will give a short lecture on "The Legend of Mary Magdalene from the Middle Ages to the Da Vinci Code." Actors From The London Stage, on campus as part of Shakespeare Week, will present two scenes from "The Play of Mary Magdalene."

Music will also be part of the program, as the Boston Camerata will play a short musical set of medieval and Renaissance pieces devoted to Mary Magdalene. Amy Neff, professor in UT’s School of Art and specialist in medieval art, will give a short presentation on "Relics, Reliquaries and Pilgrimages: The Magdalene Reliquary in Cultural Context."