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Title: St Joseph's Foot Deformity in Italian Renaissance Art
Contributor(s): Albury, William R  (author); Weisz, George M  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: The depiction of St Joseph with a foot deformity is rare in Italian Renaissance art. During the period 1475-1525, however, it appears in paintings by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Raphael Sanzio, and Giulio Romano. Given the intensification of the cult of St Joseph in Italy during this half century, and the similar representation of his deformity in all three paintings, it is likely that this iconographic feature had some meaning for Renaissance viewers. The key to this meaning is found in the emphasis which St Joseph's cult placed on the hardships of his many travels, particularly the long journey from Nazareth to Egypt and back.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Parergon, 28(1), p. 91-111
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Place of Publication: Perth, Australia
ISSN: 0313-6221
Field of Research (FOR): 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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