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In: Synergies in Visual Culture / Bildkulturen im Dialog


Friendship books or alba amicorum were objects in motion; created by different authors in different places, often over a fairly long period of time, they travelled with their owners across religious, political, and geographical boundaries. In times of war and crisis they reaffirmed trust and loyalty between relatives and friends. Emotionally charged and often religious in tone, their entries provide insight into the variety of possible religious orientations which characterized the dynamically expanding world at the turn of the seventeenth century. The focus of this essay is the album amicorum of the young Gillis Anselmo (1575–1602), whose family had left Antwerp for the Northern Netherlands after the city was recaptured for the Catholic Habsburgs by Alessandro Farnese in 1585. It will be shown that with its multiple references to different material objects, images, and texts the album helped forge a community whose members shared not only moral and ethical values but also the experience of migration and exile.

In: Imago and Contemplatio in the Visual Arts and Literature (1400–1700)
In: Solitudo
In: Solitudo
In: The Nomadic Object
The Challenge of World for Early Modern Religious Art
At the turn of the sixteenth century, the notion of world was dramatically being reshaped, leaving no aspect of human experience untouched. The Nomadic Object: The Challenge of World for Early Modern Religious Art examines how sacred art and artefacts responded to the demands of a world stage in the age of reform. Essays by leading scholars explore how religious objects resulting from cross-cultural contact defied national and confessional categories and were re-contextualised in a global framework via their collection, exchange, production, management, and circulation. In dialogue with current discourses, papers address issues of idolatry, translation, materiality, value, and the agency of networks. The Nomadic Object demonstrates the significance of religious systems, from overseas logistics to philosophical underpinnings, for a global art history.

Contributors are: Akira Akiyama, James Clifton, Jeffrey L. Collins, Ralph Dekoninck, Dagmar Eichberger, Beate Fricke, Christine Göttler, Christiane Hille, Margit Kern, Dipti Khera, Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato, Urte Krass, Evonne Levy, Meredith Martin, Walter S. Melion, Mia M. Mochizuki, Jeanette Favrot Peterson, Rose Marie San Juan, Denise-Marie Teece, Tristan Weddigen, and Ines G. Županov.
In: Solitudo
In: Solitudo
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