A Printed Icon in Early Modern Italy : Forli's Madonna of the Fire Hardback
In 1428, a devastating fire destroyed a schoolhouse in the northern Italian city of Forli, leaving only a woodcut of the Madonna and Child that had been tacked to the classroom wall.
The people of Forli carried that print - now known as the Madonna of the Fire - into their cathedral, where two centuries later a new chapel was built to enshrine it.
In this book, Lisa Pon considers a cascade of moments in the Madonna of the Fire's cultural biography: when ink was impressed onto paper at a now-unknown date; when that sheet was recognized by Forli's people as miraculous; when it was enshrined in various tabernacles and chapels in the cathedral; when it or one of its copies was - and still is - carried in procession.
In doing so, Pon offers an experiment in art historical inquiry that spans more than three centuries of making, remaking, and renewal.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 310 pages, 4 Plates, color; 1 Maps; 61 Halftones, unspecified; 38 Line drawings, unspecified
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 23/03/2015
- Category: Renaissance art
- ISBN: 9781107098510