A Printed Icon in Early Modern Italy: Forlì's Madonna of the by Lisa Pon

By Lisa Pon

In 1428, a devastating fireplace destroyed a schoolhouse within the northern Italian urban of Forlì, leaving just a woodcut of the Madonna and baby that have been tacked to the study room wall. the folks of Forlì carried that print - referred to now because the Madonna of the fireplace - into their cathedral, the place centuries later a brand new chapel was once outfitted to enshrine it. during this booklet, Lisa Pon considers a cascade of moments within the Madonna of the Fire's cultural biography: whilst ink used to be inspired onto paper at a now-unknown date; while that sheet used to be well-known by means of Forlì's humans as fabulous; while it used to be enshrined in quite a few tabernacles and chapels within the cathedral; whilst it or certainly one of its copies used to be - and nonetheless is - carried in procession. In doing so, Pon bargains an test in paintings old inquiry that spans greater than 3 centuries of creating, remaking, and renewal.

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