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Flagellant Confraternities and Italian Art, 1260-1610

Ritual and Experience

Andrew Chen

256 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This book examines the art and ritual of flagellant confraternities in Italy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Meeting regularly to beat themselves with whips, members of these confraternities concentrated on the suffering of Christ in the most extreme and committed way, and the images around them provided visual prompts of the Passion and the model suffering body. This study presents new findings related to a variety of artworks including altarpieces, banners, wall paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and paintings for the condemned, many from outside the Florence-Rome-Venice triangle.
Author Bio
Andrew Chen is Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art at Texas State University. In 2020-21 he was CRIA Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.