Recent publications by Megan Holmes (The Miraculous Image in Renaissance Florence, 2013) and Louise Marshall (Plague in the City: Identifying the Subject of Giovanni di Paolo's Vienna Miracle of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. Renaissance Studies, 27. 2013) have re-kindled the attention of scholars to a much neglected aspect of art historical research: sacred images and the miraculous power associated with them in the Renaissance. In light of these new studies, this session examines the healing power that was ascribed to these venerated images and to the saints that they represented, particularly in connection with epidemics, natural catastrophes and health issues. It seeks to explore key aspects that include:
- Curative and miraculous episodes related to the exposition of images and relics;
- Hagiography and iconography of healing Saints;
- The processional and devotional use of miraculous images;
- Patrons, communities and community identity.
Please send the abstract of your paper (150 words max.) with title and relevant keywords, and a 300 word CV with full contact information to the organizer: Dr. Sandra Cardarelli (SandraCardarelli@aol.com) by May 30.
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