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The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art

1st Edition

By Katherine T. Brown


184 pages | 15 Color Illus. | 65 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367197315
pub: 2020-03-10
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In The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art, Katherine T. Brown explores the lore of the apocryphal character of Veronica and the history of the "true image" relic as factors in the Franciscans’ placement of her character into the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) as the Sixth Station, in both Jerusalem and Western Europe, around the turn of the fifteenth century.

Katherine T. Brown examines how the Franciscans adopted and adapted the legend of Veronica to meet their own evangelical goals by intervening in the fabric of Jerusalem to incorporate her narrative−which is not found in the Gospels−into an urban path constructed for pilgrims, as well as in similar participatory installations in church yards and naves across Western Europe. This book proposes plausible reasons for the subsequent proliferation of works of art depicting Veronica, both within and independent of the Stations of the Cross, from the early fifteenth through the mid-seventeenth centuries.

This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, biblical studies, and Renaissance studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Veronica in Legend and Literature 2. The Sudarium Relic as Material Object in the West 3. Via Crucis 4. Jerusalem Abroad and Theological Rationales 5. Viewing Veronica through the Lens of Gender 6. The Iconography of Veronica in Western European Art. Epilogue

About the Author

Katherine T. Brown is Director of the Honors Program, Director of Museum Studies, and Associate Professor of Art History at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art and Religion

Routledge Research in Art and Religion is a new series focusing on religion and spirituality as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Medieval
ART / History / Renaissance
ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HISTORY / Renaissance
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Christian Church / History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies