A printed icon : Forlì's Madonna of the Fire by Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ.; Blessed Virgin Saint Mary;

By Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ.; Blessed Virgin Saint Mary; Blessed VirginSaint. Mary; Pon, Lisa

In 1428, a devastating hearth destroyed a schoolhouse within the Northern Italian urban of Forlì, leaving just a woodcut of the Madonna and baby that were tacked to the study room wall. the folk of Forlì carried that print - referred to now because the Madonna of the hearth - into their cathedral, the place centuries later a brand new chapel was once outfitted to enshrine it. during this publication, Lisa Pon considers a cascade of moments within the Madonna of the Fire's cultural biography: whilst ink used to be inspired onto paper at a now-unknown date; while that sheet was once well-known by way of Forlì's humans as surprising; while it used to be enshrined in a number of tabernacles and chapels within the cathedral; while it or one in every of its copies used to be - and nonetheless is - carried in procession. In doing so, Pon deals an test in artwork historic inquiry that spans greater than 3 centuries of constructing, remaking, and renewal

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Christ answers by raising and blessing with his hand. In the second pair, the hand of each figure holds the Logos, and thus expresses the notion of the Incarnation. 96 Thus, the Hodegetria type features a dialogue between paired hands, one from the Mother and one from the Child, which concludes at the right side of the panel with the hands positioned one above the other, holding either the Word or the Word Made Flesh. The Byzantine ivory plaque at the center of the Jena bookcover, which as we have seen contains the unusual image of a half-length Madonna and Child with a sun and moon on either side of Mary’s head, modifies this schema slightly (Fig.

E CHAPTER TWO IMPRINT: PAPER, PRINT, AND MATRIX f Thus that art [of printmaking] was still new, and, who knows, [the Madonna of the Fire] might have been the first print that came from its first Maker [suo primo Artefice], just as the Virgin was the first to come from the hands of the Maker of all [Facitore del tutto]? Giuliano Bezzi, The Triumphal Fire119 I seek in these few words [nothing] other than to imprint [imprimere] in the hearts of the faithful the true devotion to Virgin Mary in her images, and most of all in this one [the Madonna of the Fire] whose story I tell.

Hyatt Mayor chose to do. The sculptures, paintings, and drawings gathered during the Italian campaign were meant for the Muse´e Napole´on in the Louvre. Many of the Renaissance pieces Napoleon took to Paris were altarpieces, cult statues, or relics removed from Italian churches; as Cathleen Hoeniger points out, “once in Paris, [they] . . ”46 Prints had no place in the Muse´e Napole´on, so the Madonna of the Fire was not taken. At Forlı`, then, Napoleon balanced the symbolic violence in the timing of his entry with his merciful treatment of this local cult icon.

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