The Veronica Conference

Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Session 1 (4th April Morning) – The Origins of the Fame of the Roman Veronica

Welcome: Amanda Murphy Conference Convenor

Herbert L. Kessler Baltimore & Brno

Introduction: The Literary Warp and Artistic Weft of Veronica’s Cloth

Zbigniew Izydorczyk Winnipeg

The Cura Sanitatis Tiberii according to Ernst von Dobschütz

Barry Windeatt Cambridge

‘True Image’? Versions of the Veronica in Medieval England

Federico Gallo

De sacrosanto sudario Veronicae by Giacomo Grimaldi. First Investigations

Nigel Morgan Cambridge

‘Veronica’ images in England c. 1240-c. 1280

Visit to the Parker Library, Corpus Christ College (reserved for speakers only)

Session 2 (4th April Afternoon) – The Devotion and Cult of the Veronica

Aden Kumler Chicago

signatis…vultus tui: (Re)-impressing
the Veronica in the Middle Ages

Rebecca Rist Reading

Innocent III and Veronica’s Veil: Papal PR or Eucharistic Icon

Guido Milanese Milan, Brescia

Quaesivi vultum tuum

Joerg Bölling, Hildesheim

Face to face with Christ in Late Medieval Rome.

The Veil of Veronica in Papal Liturgy and Ceremony

Uwe Michael Lang London

The Mass Proper of the Holy Face and

of Saint Veronica in Medieval Liturgical Sources before the Tridentine Reform

Session 3 (5th April Morning) – The Promotion of the Veronica Cult

Welcome by the Master of Magdalene College, Professor Rowan Williams


Gisela Drossbach Augsburg

The Roman Hospital of Santo Spirito in Sassia

and the symbolic Communication of the Veronica

Kathryn Rudy St Andrews

Philip the Good and the Face of Christ

Etienne Doublier Wuppertal

“Sui pretiossisimi vultus Imago”: Veronica and Grants of Indulgences in the 13th and early 14th centuries

Marc Sureda i Jubany

Veronicae of Christ and the Virgin in the Kingdom of Aragon in the Late Middle Ages.

A Survey of their Diffusion and Liturgical Context

Chiara Di Fruscia

“Datum Avenioni” Avignon Papacy and the Custody of the Veronica

Session 4 (5th April Afternoon) – The Spread of the Veronica Cult

Hanneke Van Asperen

Images of the Veronica in Religious Books of the Laity: Their Provenance and Meaning

Marco Petoletti,  
Angelo Piacentini

The Veronica by Boniface da Verona, 13th century poet

Stefano Candiani

The iconography of the Veronica in the Lombardy region during the 14th century

Raffaele Savigni

The Roman Veronica and the Holy Face of Lucca: parallelisms and tangencies in the formation of both traditions

Raffaella Zardoni,  Emanuela Bossi,  Amanda Murphy

The iconography of the Veronica: an assessment of chronologically and geographically ordered data

Scientific Committee:

  • Maria Pia Alberzoni (Università Cattolica, Milan),
  • Emanuele Colombo (De Paul University, Chicago),
  • Eamon Duffy (University of Cambridge),
  • Herbert L. Kessler (John Hopkins & Masaryk University, Brno)
  • Elisabetta Marchetti (Università di Bologna),
  • Guido Milanese (Università Cattolica, Milano),
  • Amanda Clare Murphy (Università Cattolica, Milan),
  • Marco Petoletti (Università Cattolica, Milan),
  • Joseph Weiler (European University Institute, Florence),
  • Gerhard Wolf (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence).

Organizing Committee: Emanuela Bossi, Marta Ferrari, Elisabetta Pinciroli.