Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Spanish Americas


Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Spanish Americas is a trans-cultural collection of studies on visual treatments of the phenomena of suffering and pain in early modern culture. Ranging geographically from Italy, Spain, and the Low Countries to Chile, Mexico, and the Philippines and chronologically from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, these studies variously consider pain and suffering as somatic, emotional, and psychological experiences. From examination of bodies shown victimized by brutal public torture to the sublimation of physical suffering conveyed through the incised lines of Counter-Reformation engravings, the authors consider depictions of pain and suffering as conduits to the divine or as guides to social behaviour; indeed, often the two functions overlap.
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Biographical Note

Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank, Ph.D. (2009), University of California-Los Angeles, is Associate Professor of Art History at Pepperdine University. She has published articles on colonial Mexican visual culture, and has a forthcoming manuscript on the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Mexico. Heather Graham, Ph.D. (2010) University of California-Los Angeles, is Assistant Professor of Art History at California State University, Long Beach. Her research considers the intersections of gender with the histories of the body and the emotions in Italian Renaissance art.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations List of Contributors Introduction: Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Spanish AmericasHeather Graham and Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank

Part 1 Performing Pain

1 Pain and Paint: Titian, Ribera, and the Flaying of MarsyasItay Sapir 2 Animal Trials, Humiliation Rituals, and the Sensuous Suffering of Criminal Offenders in Late Medieval and Early Modern EuropeAllie Terry-Fritsch 3 Compassionate Suffering: Somatic Selfhood and Gendered Affect in Italian Lamentation ImageryHeather Graham 4 “One of those Lutherans we used to burn in Campo de’ Fiori”: Engraving Sublimated Suffering in Counter-Reformation RomeRuth S. Noyes

Part 2 Pain and Suffering in Franciscan Devotion

5 Pain and Pathos: Franciscan Ideologies and Antonello da Messina’s Images of Ecce HomoPeter Weller 6 An Andean Stoning: Francis as Alter Christus in Viceregal SantiagoCatherine Burdick 7 Hagiographical Misery and the Liminal Witness: Novohispanic Franciscan Martyr Portraits and the Politics of Imperial ExpansionEmmanuel Ortega

Part 3 Sensuous Suffering Through Word and Image

8 “Eyes Enlivened and Heart Softened”: The Visual Rhetoric of Suffering in Gebedenboek Ruusbroecgenootschap HS 452Walter S. Melion 9 Love Hurts: Depictions of Christ Wounded in Love in Colonial Mexican ConventsLauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank 10 Reparations for Christ Our Lord: Devotional Literature, Penitential Rituals, and Sacred Imagery in Colonial Mexico CityDerek Scott Burdette 11 Empathetic Wounds: Gregorio Fernández’s Cristos Yacentes as a Nexus of Art, Anatomy, and Counter-Ref ormation TheologyTiffany Lynn Hunt Index


All interested in the history and visual culture of suffering and pain in early modern Europe and the Spanish Americas, and anyone concerned with gender, emotions, and performance.