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Pilgrimage to Images in the Fifteenth Century: The Origins of the Cult of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Robert Maniura

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ISBN 10: 1843830558 / ISBN 13: 9781843830559
Published by Boydell Press
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Title: Pilgrimage to Images in the Fifteenth ...

Publisher: Boydell Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VERY GOOD

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The tradition of pilgrimage to an image is so well-established as to be taken for granted. Throughout Christian history large numbers of people have made journeys to images associated with miracles, yet the phenomenon has never been a subject of detailed scholarly scrutiny. This book explores the issue through a case study of the origins of pilgrimage to one such image, Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland. The shrine remains one of the most prominent pilgrimage destinations in the Catholic world: the striking focal panel painting shows the Virgin Mary with an apparently scarred face, and the legend of the picture's origin claims that it was painted by St Luke and desecrated by iconoclasts. The author assesses the significance of the stories attached to the shrine, and goes beyond them to consider the practices and responses of the pilgrims. Drawing on the earliest surviving miracle collections, he also explores the interaction between the pilgrims and the image of the 'scarred' Virgin. ROBERT MANIURA is Lecturer in the History of Renaissance Art, Birkbeck College, University of London.


Opens up areas of discussion that will be of value to art historians working outside the medieval and Renaissance fields. (...) A serious consideration of human motivation towards pilgrimage, and of the effect upon the viewing subject of the experience of encountering the sought image. ART HISTORYAn important and stimulating contribution. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEWA rich book and an important contribution to late-medieval pilgrimage. SPECULUM(A) fascinating study. THE ART NEWSPAPER

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