By the late Middle Ages, manifestations of Marian devotion had become multifaceted and covered all aspects of religious, private and personal life. Mary becomes a universal presence that accompanies the faithful on pilgrimage, in dreams, as holy visions, and as pictorial representations in church space and domestic interiors. The first part of the volume traces the development of Marian iconography in sculpture, panel paintings, and objects, such as seals, with particular emphasis on Italy, Slovenia and the Hungarian Kingdom. The second section traces the use of Marian devotion in relation to space, be that a country or territory, a monastery or church or personal space, and explores the use of space in shaping new liturgical practices, new Marian feasts and performances, and the bodily performance of ritual objects.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Throne of Gold and Dress of Stars: On the Meaning of Polychromy in High Medieval Marian Sculpture / Chapter 2 Seeing God in the Image of Mary: Cross Readings of the Medieval Benedictine Convent Seal / Chapter 3 / Devotion, Gold, and the Virgin: Visualizing Mary in Three Fourteenth-Century Tuscan Panels in the National Gallery of Denmark / Chapter 4 / Diagrammatic Devotion and the Defensorium Mariae in the Funerary Chapel of Hărman Parish Church / Chapter 5 / Veil and Signature: Giambono’s Madonna Barberini / Chapter 6 Salve regina in late medieval Dominican communities / Chapter 7 / Developments in Servite Marian Spirituality and the Use of Saint Filippo Benizi in Promoting Servite Miraculous Madonnas / Chapter 8 Mary, Michael, and the Devil. An Eschatological-Iconographic Perspective on the Liturgical Drama of Philippe de Mézières / Chapter 9 "Mulier amicta sole": Transformations of a devotional image between the 15th and the 16th centuries / Chapter 10 Mobile Shrine and Magical Bodies: Modern Afterlives of Medieval Shrine Madonnas
Gerhard Jaritz has been a professor at the Department of Medieval Studies of the Central European University, Hungary since 1993. His fields of interest include the history of everyday life, visual culture and gender history.
Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at Ca' Foscari University, Italy. She has also received a Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities Research Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her current research investigates the transition of depictions of Mary from hagiographic collections to church space.