The ‘Westernisation’ of an image: the fast of St. Nicholas and the monastic connection

Vescovi, Michele Luigi (2012) The ‘Westernisation’ of an image: the fast of St. Nicholas and the monastic connection. In: Art history – the future is now. Studies in honor of Professor Vladimir P. Goss. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rijeka, Croatia, pp. 300-312. ISBN 9789536104901

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This article considers the diffusion of the image of the Fasting St. Nicholas in the monastic Medieval West, among other sites at Novalesa, Galeata and Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. Analysing in detail the history of each monastery in which this iconography appears, it is argued that its spread related to ‘cluniac experiences’. In light of the literary tradition, it is demonstrated that the topos of the fasting infant Nicholas became a means of comparison with other local saints and a model of monastic holiness.

Keywords:Medieval Art, Monasticism
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:19793
Deposited On:11 Dec 2015 10:17

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