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Art and Faith: Martyrdom, Conversion, and Devotion in the Early Modern Period

Guendalina Serafinelli, Research Associate, 2013–2014


Giacinto Brandi, The Ecstasy of Blessed Rita da Cascia, Sant’ Agostino, Rome.  Photograph: Mauro Coen

This year I completed a monograph on Giacinto Brandi (1621–1691) as well as an essay on the artist’s varied commissions from the Augustinian Order. I have also concentrated on parallel interests related to sacred subjects. I published an essay devoted to the iconography of Santa Barbara in the proceedings of the conference “L’Eroe sensible: Evoluzione del teatro agiografico nel primo ’600,” organized by the Centro Studi sul Teatro Medievale e Rinascimentale in Rome, and wrote catalog entries for an exhibition on baroque art that was shown in China. I organized a panel under the title “Art and Politics in the Chapels of Early Modern Rome” for the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, and delivered a paper on Pietro Boncompagni Corcos and the commission of Alessandro Algardi’s sculpture San Filippo Neri in the sacristy of the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella in Rome. At the colloquium “Malta as a Crossroads of Art and Culture in the Baroque Period” at the Warburg Institute in London, I delivered a paper on the relic of the right hand of Saint John the Baptist.