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Beyond Baronio: New assessments of the PaleoChristian Revival in early modernity

Posted By Jasmine Cloud, Sunday, May 08, 2016

The so-called PaleoChristian Revival that transpired in Rome during the second half of the sixteenth century is broadly understood to have encompassed several phenomena, including but not limited to a renewed emphasis on the cult of saints and an attendant veneration of their relics; a heightened exploration of Rome’s sacred topography, particularly the catacombs; restoration of early Christian churches and other sites; and art inspired by both the iconography and style of earlier images. As the Revival has become a standardized feature in literature on the period, with Cardinal Cesare Baronio as its main protagonist, other aspects of the Revival await further investigation. This panel seeks papers that examine these commonly held tenets of the Revival, to further elucidate its nature and Baronio’s role, as well as papers that challenge these received notions. We welcome proposals that consider the following issues:


-The display of saint's bodies and associated monuments and imagery

-The intersection of early Christianity spirituality and the antique

-The revival of early Christian religious practice

-The role of printed material in disseminating revivalist thought

-Pilgrimage, sacred topography, site specificity

-The diffusion of the Revival throughout the rest of Italy and beyond


Please send a CV (max 300 words), an abstract (150 words), and keywords to Jasmine Cloud (cloud@ucmo.edu) and Jeffrey Fraiman (jeff.fraiman@gmail.com) by May 29, 2016.


Tags:  Art History  Italy  material culture  religion  Religious Reform  Rome 

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