Delight in Painted Companions: Shaping the Soul from Birth in Early Modern Italy

Corry, Maya (2018) Delight in Painted Companions: Shaping the Soul from Birth in Early Modern Italy. In: Domestic Devotions in Early Modern Italy. Brill, pp. 310-341. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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This essay explores the production of numerous relatively cheap, small-scale religious paintings of Leonardesque inspiration, which depict episodes from the infancy of Christ and St John the Baptist. Early modern devotional literature was deeply concerned with infancy, recommending that a child’s religious education begin in their earliest years when their soul was especially malleable. Medical beliefs taught that children were naturally inclined towards sensual pleasure, and pedagogues advised that their moral instruction ought to be enjoyable. Visual images were thought to be particularly appealing, and in combination with the idea that works of art could access the soul with greater immediacy than the written word, these discourses can be seen to have driven the market in iconographies that were pleasing to children. Paintings representing the encounter between Christ and his cousin in a joyful and ‘childish’ way provided a focus for the youngest members of the household, stimulating pleasure, recognition and positive spiritual development. Such images were generally small-scale and widely available, and this study therefore provides new insight into the religious concerns of those lower down the social scale.

Keywords:Early modern; Italy; religion; spirituality; family; home; childhood; art; music; architecture; prayer; material cutlure
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V330 History of Religions
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V141 Modern History 1500-1599
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V190 History by Period not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V223 Italian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V323 Family History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:37228
Deposited On:01 Oct 2019 07:51

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