Manipulating the Sacred: Image and Plague in Renaissance by Louise Marshall

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Iconography ofthe Saints in North West Italy. Florence, 1985. Kieckhefer, Richard. Unquiet Souls: Fourteenth-Century Saints and Their Religious Milieu. Chicago, 1984. Langer, William L. " T h e American Historical Review 63 (1958): 283-304. Lerner, Robert E. " In T h e Black Death: T h e Impact of the Fourteenth Century Plague, ed. Daniel Williman, 77-106. Binghamton, NY, 1982. Lightbown, R. Sandro Botticelli. 2 vols. Berkeley, 1978 531 Mile, Emile. Religious Art in France: T h e Late Middle Ages.

Opposite, the women appeal to her in a line from the Sancta Maria prayer: "0 Mary, intercede for your female devotees. These heartfelt invocations to the Virgin stand in telling contrast to the mottoes above those excluded from the shelter of her mantle. As they are struck down by the plague, the dead and dying men confess their sin: "Justly we suffer these things, because we did not love you. The stricken women similarly acknowledge " " M A N I P U L A T I N G T H E SACRED 515 their fatal error: "Alas for us, because we did not have faith in you.

Lightbown, R. Sandro Botticelli. 2 vols. Berkeley, 1978 531 Mile, Emile. Religious Art in France: T h e Late Middle Ages. A Study of Medieval Iconography and Its Sources. Ed. Harry Bober. Trans. Marthiel Mathews. Princeton, 1986 (first ed. 1908; trans. from 5th rev. , Paris, 1949). Marshall, Louise. D. , University of Pennsylvania, 1980. Mazzi, Maria S. " In Strutturefamiliari epidemie e migrazioni nell'Italia medievale, ed. G. Piccini, R. Comba and G. Pinto, 91-115. Naples, 1984. Meiss, Millard.

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