‘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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De sacrosanto sudario Veronicae by Giacomo Grimaldi. First investigation

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,…

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

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,…

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

Raffaele Savigni (Università di Bologna) Abstract There are various points of contact between the cult of the Holy Face of Lucca (which is documented from the end of the 11th century but only becomes a consolidated tradition in the early 1200s) and that of the Veronica. Although the former is a wooden statue (despite being…

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

Stefano Candiani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) Abstract The paper contributes to knowledge of the iconography of the Veronica in the figurative arts  in 14th century Lombardy, with special emphasis on images from illuminated manuscripts and depictions found in the Ambrosian diocese. The starting point is a miniature from a little known Ambrosian Book of…

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

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. …

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The Literary Warp and Artistic Weft of Veronica’s Cloth

Herbert L. Kessler (Baltimore & Brno) A painting in the Louvre attributed to Jacquemart de Hesdin seems entirely natural in its inclusion of St. Veronica; stationed at the far left of the Way to Calvary, Veronica presents the portrait imprinted directly onto the cloth she used to wipe Christ’s face. So essential that even Mel…

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The ‘Veronica’ by Bonifacio da Verona, 13th century poet

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…

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

Hanneke Van Asperen (Nijmegen) Abstract Manuscripts for lay devotion, often books of hours, sometimes contain small images of the Veronica that were added to the book after its production, probably by the book owner at the time. Attachment to the book did not always guarantee survival of the fragile pictures. Occasionally, the images are still…

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

 Chiara Di Fruscia (Rome) Abstract Starting with Pope Innocent III and throughout the 15th century, Catholic popes have enriched the symbolism related to the Holy Face of Christ by associating themselves to the expression vicarius-Christi. Such a conception clearly entails all sorts of ideological and political implications, therefore, we cannot consider the Veronica as the…

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