The Flagellants by artist Carl von Marr (1858–1936) makes an impact on viewers for its size, artistry, and subject matter. Though a bit gruesome, this narrative is undeniably compelling. This year’s Carl von Marr Day welcomes Dr. Caitlin Pepperell, a professor at University of Wisconsin–Madison and an infectious diseases physician and biologist who studies disease ecology and pathogen evolution. Her expertise in the science of epidemics takes center stage for this in-depth talk on the evolution of Yersinia pestis, the agent of the Black Death.
In honor of Carl von Marr’s February 14 birthday and in recognition of the museum’s founding legacy, join us for cake following the talk!