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Title: Transformations of the image of St Joseph in early modern art
Author: Hope, Janet Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 2700 3690
Awarding Body: Birmingham City University
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 2011
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: W100 Fine Art