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Lectures and Book Signings
The Description of the Sacred Mountain of La Verna: Jacopo Ligozzi’s Innovative Guide to a Franciscan Sanctuary in Context

June 24 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium
Ginger Hammer, assistant curator, department of old master prints, National Gallery of Art

Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia is a rare and unusual illustrated volume about the Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna, depicting the monastery and dramatic rocky terrain where Francis of Assisi (1181/1182–1226) received the stigmata nearly 400 years earlier. Jacopo Ligozzi (1547–1627), a celebrated draftsman and then head of the Academy of Drawing in Florence, created 22 preparatory drawings in 1608 that were subsequently etched or engraved into full-page plates for the volume. It is the centerpiece of the exhibition Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna on view at the National Gallery of Art through July 8, 2018. Ginger Hammer expands on the art-historical context of traditional representations of Saint Francis at La Verna and the innovations in Franciscan subject matter characteristic of the Counter-Reformation.

Jacopo Ligozzi (designer), Raffaello Schiaminossi, Domenico Falcini, Lino Moroni (author), Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia, 1612, bound volume with one engraved frontispiece and 22 engraved or etched illustrations with 5 overslips on plates F, G, I, R (2), National Gallery of Art, Acquisition funded by a grant from The B.H. Breslauer Foundation, 2013

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