Stigmatics and Visual Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy

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This book places the discourse surrounding stigmata within the visual culture of the late medieval and early modern periods, with a particular focus on Italy and on female stigmatics. Echoing, and to a certain extent recreating, the wounds and pain inflicted on Christ during his passion, stigmata stimulated controversy. Related to this were issues that were deeply rooted in contemporary visual culture such as how stigmata were described and performed and whether, or how, it was legitimate to represent stigmata in visual art. Because of the contested nature of stigmata and because stigmata did not always manifest in the same form - sometimes invisible, sometimes visible only periodically, sometimes miraculous, and sometimes self-inflicted - they provoked complex questions and reflections relating to the nature and purpose of visual representation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages315
ISBN (Electronic)9789048554672
ISBN (Print)9789463724562
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2022


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