The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art

1st Edition

Katherine T. Brown

March 10, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages - 15 Color & 65 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367197315 - CAT# K418059
Series: Routledge Research in Art and Religion


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In The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art, Katherine T. Brown explores the lore of the apocryphal character of Veronica and the history of the "true image" relic as factors in the Franciscans’ placement of her character into the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) as the Sixth Station, in both Jerusalem and Western Europe, around the turn of the fifteenth century.

Katherine T. Brown examines how the Franciscans adopted and adapted the legend of Veronica to meet their own evangelical goals by intervening in the fabric of Jerusalem to incorporate her narrative−which is not found in the Gospels−into an urban path constructed for pilgrims, as well as in similar participatory installations in church yards and naves across Western Europe. This book proposes plausible reasons for the subsequent proliferation of works of art depicting Veronica, both within and independent of the Stations of the Cross, from the early fifteenth through the mid-seventeenth centuries.

This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, biblical studies, and Renaissance studies.

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