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Sally J. Cornelison
University of Kansas, Lawrence (Lawrence, KS 66045-7505)

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2006 – 8/31/2006

Holy Bodies: Relics, Art, and Popular Religion in Florence, c. 1400-1700

The focus of "Holy Bodies" is the works of art made between the 15th and 17th centuries to honor the relics of four Florentine holy persons. These works reveal differences of class, patronage, and popular devotional practices within Florentine society. They also served to link the saints to the needs, aims, and history of the larger ecclesiastical and political communities that possessed their relics and, at the same time, underscored their effectiveness as intercessors for both elite and non-elite audiences. "Holy Bodies" will provide new insights into the ritual and devotional significance of saints' cults and images and will take its place in a growing body of literature on popular visual culture in the early modern period.