Printed Icon In Early Modern Italy


In 1428, a devastating fire destroyed a schoolhouse in the Northern Italian city of Forle, leaving only a woodcut of the Madonna and Child that had been tacked to the classroom wall. The people of Forle carried that print – now known as the Madonna of the Fire – into their cathedral, where two centuries later a new chapel was built to enshrine it. In this book, Lisa Pon considers a cascade of moments in the Madonna of the Fire’s cultural biography: when ink was impressed onto paper at a now-unknown date; when that sheet was recognized by Forle’s people as miraculous; when it was enshrined in various tabernacles and chapels in the cathedral; when it or one of its copies was – and still is – carried in procession. In doing so, Pon offers an experiment in art historical inquiry that spans more than three centuries of making, remaking, and renewal.

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SKU (ISBN): 9781107098510
ISBN10: 1107098513
Lisa Pon
Binding: Cloth Text
Published: March 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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