What was the reception of fundamental texts such as Cura Santitatis Tiberii and Vindicta Salvatoris, which transmitted matters concerning the Veronica to the West well before Innocent III’s actions? How did it come about that the tradition of the Veronica being a painted veil turned into that of a cloth on which Christ’s face was physically imprinted? In this section, studies need to be carried out on sources regarding the Roman Veronica before 1208 (of which there are some traces in the late tenth century, with more numerous traces in the twelfth century), partly as a way of clarifying the basic question of when the holy sudarium arrived in Rome. It will also be necessary to consider the erudite Latin treatise by Giacomo Grimaldi, De sacrosancto sudario Veronicae (1620), which meticulously lists all the sources he found for the relic, and which exists in various autograph versions. Another theme of interest is the diffusion of texts that feature Veronica, and interrelated themes, in vernacular languages across Europe.
This present study was suggested by the project Veronica Route, whose aim is to build an online catalogue of the artistic and literary works concerning the Roman “Veronica”, i.e. the medieval relic preserved in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.Read More
Emanuela Bossi – A un attento esame della letteratura di lingua inglese del ‘900, sorprende che numerosi autori, molti dei quali trasgressivi, se non dichiaratamente atei o agnostici, non possano fare a meno di cimentarsi con la figura di Cristo come Dio fatto uomo, che lascia nella realtà tracce concrete di Sé attraverso le proprie immagini «acheropite», prodotte non da un artista ma offerte in qualche modo da Lui stesso.Read More
Zbigniew Izydorczyk (University of Winnipeg) Abstract The Cura sanitatis Tiberii is generally assumed to be the earliest textual witness to the legend of Veronica’s image of Christ. This work, attested in manuscripts since the eighth century (the Lucca codex), was critically edited by Ernst von Dobschütz in 1899 as part of his Christusbilder. Dobschütz based…Read More
Federico Gallo (Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milano) Abstract Giacomo Grimaldi (Bologna 1568 – Rome 1623) spent his whole life as a cleric in the Basilica of St Peter’s in the Vatican, to which he devoted all his work. An indefaticable researcher, without being notably erudite or innovative, he compiled numerous compilations of great worth from the archives,…Read More
Raffaella Zardoni – Emanuela Bossi – Amanda Murphy (Milan) Abstract Evidence for the presence of the veronica in Europe between the 13th and 16th centuries is quite exceptional. From the 14th century onwards, “wherever the Roman Church went, the Veronica would go with it” (MacGregor, 2000). The existence of “innumerable copies” of the relic (Sturgis,…Read More
Barry Windeatt (University of Cambridge) Abstract Taking its starting point from Julian of Norwich’s knowledgeable reference to the nature of ‘the holy Vernicle of Rome’ when interpreting her enigmatic second revelation, this paper charts the development of the Veronica in English writing and visual culture from before the Norman Conquest to the later Middle Ages. …Read More
Marco Petoletti – Angelo Piacentini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) Abstract Bonifacio da Verona was active in the second half of the 13th century. Having composed a short poem in honour of the Virgin and St Anne, Annayde (which is preserved in a magnificent codex, Paris, Bibl. nationale de France, lat. 8114) dedicated to…Read More
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