Art and Iconography

The images of Christ not made by human hands.

First copies of the Veronica.

The specificity of copies of the Veronica linked to their paths of diffusion.

This is perhaps the most well investigated area so far, but it remains fertile ground for a better understanding of the development of characteristics of the Veronica in iconographic terms, but also the geographical spread of its fame across Europe. Firstly, the birth and the evolution of the iconography of the Veronica, with particular reference to the unity and difference between the iconography of the Veronica and of the Holy Face.

From Copies to an Original: The Contribution of Statistical Methods

by Amanda Murphy, Felicita Mornata, Raffaella Zardoni. Despite the almost infinite number of existing copies, the exact appearance of the medieval veronica– the sudarium kept in Rome imprinted with the face of Christ – is not known. This paper illustrates an attempt to find the ‘true icon’, creating a sort of identikit by means of the statistical processing of 4500 works, with analysis of the concentration of the copies and their characteristics, together with multivariate analysis tools.

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

Nigel Morgan (University of Cambridge) Abstract It has long been well-known that Matthew Paris, Benedictine monk of St Albans and chronicler, made two drawings of what he considered to be the image of the Veronica Head of Christ (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 16 and 26). One of these is accompanied by prayers. The earliest date…

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Philip the Good and the Face of Christ

Kathryn Rudy (University of St Andrews and Getty Research Institute) In the fifteenth century the Face of Christ found an enthusiastic devotee at the Burgundian court. Philip the Good (1396-1467) owned his grandfather’s immense prayerbook, known as the Grandes Heures. His grandfather, Philip the Bold (1342-1404), had used the manuscript heavily. All of the inherited…

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Amanda C. Murphy

Emanuela Bossi

Raffaella Zardoni

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