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A Printed Icon in Early Modern Italy : Forli's Madonna of the Fire, Hardback Book

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:
  • Category: Renaissance art
  • ISBN: 9781107098510



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