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Miraculous Visions and Contested Sainthood in the Spanish Golden Age

The Catholic Church has long celebrated saintly men and women who receive divine visions. In the seventeenth-century Iberian world, however, religious authorities began to fear that ordinary people were feigning mystical experiences in an attempt to gain fame. As self-proclaimed visionaries and mystics held clandestine meetings and wandered the streets of cities proclaiming dire prophecies, how could religious orders authenticate the miraculous visions of their saints? Examining several works from the Meadows’ collection, including Francisco de Zurbarán’sMystic Marriage of St. Catherine of Siena, we will explore how artists in Spain and the New World constructed powerful arguments for the sanctity of their subjects through representations of miraculous visions.

Alexandra Letvin, Kress/Meadows/Prado Fellow, Meadows Museum

Free; priority seating for members until 5:40 p.m. Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

Date

May 01, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location

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