Session1303
TitleThe Face of the Other: The Veronica and the Spread of Its Cult in Europe
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserAmanda Murphy, Dipartimento di Scienze linguistiche e letterature straniere, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
 
Moderator/ChairBrenda M. Bolton, University of London
 
Paper 1303-a Our Veronica: Identifying Iconographic Sources and Paths of Diffusion in Europe through 'Veronica Route' Using Statistical Methods
(Language: English)
Felicita Mornata, Independent Scholar, Milano
Amanda Murphy, Dipartimento di Scienze linguistiche e letterature straniere, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Index Terms: Art History - General; Ecclesiastical History; Hagiography; Religious Life
Paper 1303-b Sui pretiossisimi vultus Imago: Veronica and the Practice of Indulgences in the 13th and Early 14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Etienne Doublier, Historisches Seminar, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Hagiography; Religious Life
Paper 1303-c Relic, Ostension, and Vision: Small Parchment Images of the Veronica
(Language: English)
Hanneke van Asperen, Vakgroep Kunstgeschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Art History - General; Ecclesiastical History; Hagiography
 
AbstractIssues surrounding the cult of the Veronica, the cloth imprinted with the face of Christ, have been the object of numerous works of research. Reflecting on recent findings, and undertaking new research paths, the Panel proposes to tackle various issues that the material and spiritual history of the Veronica poses.

The interweaving of competences from different fields may help to solve some of the questions that the holy cloth provokes. The Panel proposes to consider the case of the European Fortune of the Veronica in the Middle Ages according to different artistic and historical perspectives. The start of the cult of the Veronica can be traced back to the pontificate of Innocent III who, in 1208, initiated the tradition of an annual procession for the Sunday following the Octave of the Epiphany: at that time, the Holy Veil, kept in St Peter's, was carried in procession from the old Basilica to the Hospital of Santo Spirito in Saxia. The Pope’s initiative signalled the start of an overwhelming success of the Veronica throughout Europe. The panel will approach the following issues:

1. Historical Plane: the birth of the cult of the Veronica from the time of Innocent III and its development until the first Jubilee of Boniface VIII, with particular attention to the issue of indulgences linked to the Veronica.
2. Artistic Plane: the evolution of the fundamental iconographic features of the Veronica (the relic, the woman, gesture) in the Middle Ages; the extraordinary spread of reproductions, as frescoes, paintings, illuminated codices, on parchment) as a source for identifying the iconographic models and reconstructing the paths of the Veronica through Europe, in geographic, devotional, and iconographic terms.