Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800

Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800

by Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Gauvin A. Bailey, Thomas W. Worcester, Pamela M. Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 0936042052

ISBN-13: 9780936042053

Pub. Date: 03/15/2005

Publisher: Worcester Art Museum

The bubonic plague ravaged early modern Europe from the mid-fourteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, striking so often and in so many localities that people constantly were on guard against the scourge. Hope and Healing explores the response of the visual arts to this omnipresent aura of death, decay, and tragedy in the early modern European experience,

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The bubonic plague ravaged early modern Europe from the mid-fourteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, striking so often and in so many localities that people constantly were on guard against the scourge. Hope and Healing explores the response of the visual arts to this omnipresent aura of death, decay, and tragedy in the early modern European experience, focusing on Italy between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

An esteemed group of contributors draws on a wide range of materials, including diaries, medical and devotional treatises, poetry, sermons, letters, and chapbooks to illuminate the various aesthetic, social, and religious concerns that preoccupied artists, patrons, and the general populace. This vibrant and fascinating volume ultimately offers a fresh and intriguing perspective on the forces and concerns that shaped early modern Italian art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780936042053
Publisher:
Worcester Art Museum
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Presidents' letter
Introduction : response to the plague in early modern Italy : what the primary sources, printed and painted, reveal1
Plague art in early modern Rome : divine directives and temporal remedies45
San Carlo Borromeo and plague imagery in Milan and Rome65
Art and plague at Naples97
Anthony van Dyck, the cult of Saint Rosalie, and the 1624 Plague in Palermo118
Combating the plague : devotional paintings, architectural programs, and votive processions in early modern Venice137
Saint Roch vs. Plague, famine, and fear153
Catalogue of the exhibition177

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