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Sacred Images and Normativity: Contested Forms in Early Modern Art

C. Franceschini (ed.)
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320 p., 37 b/w ill. + 97 colour ill., 216 x 280 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-58466-9
Languages: English
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Early modern objects, images and artworks often served as nodes of discussion and contestation. If images were sometimes contested by external and often competing agencies (religious and secular authorities, image theoreticians, inquisitions, or single individuals), artists and objects were often just as likely to impose their own rules and standards through the continuation or contestation of established visual traditions, styles, iconographies, materialities, reproductions and reframings.

Centering on the capacity of the image as agent — either in actual legal processes or, more generally, in the creation of new visual standards — this volume provides a first exploration of image normativity by means of a series of case studies that focus in different ways on the intersections between the limits of the sacred image and the power of art between 1450 and 1650.

The fourteen contributors to this volume discuss the status of images and objects in trials; contested portraits, objects and iconographies; the limits to representations of         ering; the tensions between theology and art; and the significance of copies and adaptations that establish as well as contest visual norms from Europe and beyond.

Chiara Franceschini is Professor of Early Modern Art History at the LMU and leads the ERC project and team SACRIMA, The Normativity of Sacred Images in Early Modern Europe. Her work is situated at the crossroads of the history of art, early modern history and visual culture. She has published Storia del Limbo (Feltrinelli, 2017), where she explores the debates surrounding salvation without baptism and images of limbo from Mantegna to Michelangelo, and she is currently preparing a new monograph on conflicts surrounding religious images in early modern Europe.

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)

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