Transformations of the image of St Joseph in early modern art - volume 1: text; volume 2: illustrations

Hope, Janet Elizabeth (2011) Transformations of the image of St Joseph in early modern art - volume 1: text; volume 2: illustrations. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.


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On studying the frescoes in the Convent of San Marco in Florence, similarities were observed between a fifteenth century image of St Joseph and contemporaneous images of the merchant banker Cosimo de' Medici. Due to the complete lack of any comprehensive research into the representation of St Joseph in Christian art no explanation or inference could be ascertained for the resemblance. Furthermore no inclusive work was found that specified, explained and chronicled the changes in the different styles of representation of St Joseph.

This investigation will determine and chart the transformations in the image of St Joseph from the earliest occurrences up to the present day, concentrating on the medieval period to the conclusion of the Council of Trent as being the most dynamic phase in the changes.

With the intention of contextualising and understanding the implications of the transformations, religious, cultural and societal factors and, where known, the circumstances of individual commissions, will be evaluated.

Therefore the two aims of the thesis arc to fill a gap in art historical knowledge concerning images of St Joseph; and to prove that his growing importance to the Church can be seen and comprehended in the transformations the image of St Joseph has undergone.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
June 2011Completed
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-02 - art
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts > Birmingham School of Art
Doctoral Research College > Doctoral Theses Collection
Depositing User: Richard Birley
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 09:43
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:50

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