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Carmelite Devotion, Patronage, and Art

Joseph Hammond, Research Associate, 2013 – 2014


Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, Elijah Fed by the Raven, c. 1510, possibly commissioned for a Carmelite church in Brescia. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection

This year I published an article on the festivities accompanying the canonization of Saint Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi, in which I question common assumptions about the correspondence between altar decorations and their dedications. In a second published article investigating the authorship, patronage, and liturgical context of Tintoretto’s Presentation of Christ in the Temple, I demonstrate that it is by Tintoretto and is a very carefully calibrated response to the liturgy at Compline on the feast of Candlemas. I presented research at the Renaissance Society of America conference, where I also chaired three panels. My project on the patronage of the Carmelites continues.