Picturing Sainthood: Images and the Making of Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism


  • Public event without registration
  • Beginn: 19.06.2024 15:00
  • Ende: 21.06.2024 17:30
  • Vortragende: Conference
  • Ort: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rome and online (only keynote lectures)
  • Kontakt: mara.freiberg@biblhertz.it
Picturing Sainthood: Images and the Making of Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism
In the early modern period, throughout the process of negotiation that gave shape to sainthood – whether officially recognized or aspirational – images were of paramount importance. Encompassing a wide range of media, from inexpensive medals and woodcuts to costly altarpieces, images were as crucial at the grassroots level of popular devotion as in the context of elite patronage. The conference Picturing Sainthood: Images and the Making of Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism investigates the role of images in generating, defining, and recognizing sainthood across cultures in the wake of Catholicism’s global expansion during the period of Iberian hegemony (c. 1500–1700).

The conference is organized by the ERC- and SNSF-funded project Global Economies of Salvation. Art and the Negotiation of Sanctity in the Early Modern Period (GLOBECOSAL) at the University of Zurich in collaboration with the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome.

For ONLINE PARTICIPATION at the the KEYNOTE LECTURES through our Vimeo Channel: please follow the links inserted directly in the program. 

PROGRAM (Only the Keynote Lectures can be followed online, see below)

June 19th

15:30 – Refreshments

16:00 – Welcome by Director Tristan Weddigen & Opening Address by Raphaèle Preisinger

16:30 – Paolo Aranha: “Disguising and Revealing: Hagiography and Iconography on the Martyrdom of the Maronite Jesuit Abraham de Georgiis (Massawa, 1595)”

17:00 – Pause

17:30 – Keynote Address by Simon Ditchfield: “Asymmetrical Sanctity between Celebration and Control: Imagining Roman Catholicism as a World Religion (1586–1634)”
Online participation through our Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/event/4369532

18:30 – End of the Session


June 20th

13:30 – Francisco Montes González: “New Spain’s Jesuits and the Visual Strategies for Promotion of the Cult of Saint Rosalie of Palermo”

14:00 – Bat-ami Artzi and Cécile Michaud: “An Augustinian Martyrial Discourse in Image and Text: Friar Diego Ortiz in Antonio de la Calancha’s Chronicle and in a Unique Colonial Painting”

14:30 Lucía Querejazu Escobari: “Jesús dividió su aprisco entre uno y otro Francisco. Saint Francis Solanus as an Early Modern alter Franciscus (1630–1675)

15:00 – Pause

15:30 Hannah Joy Friedman: “Aspiring Saints’ Images and the Books That Illustrated Them: The Censored Portraits of Nicolás de Ayllón (1632–1677)”

16:00 – Jonathan Greenwood: “Engraving Miracles and Miraculous Engravings: Prints, Healing, and the Cult of Stanisław Kostka in Peru during the Long Seventeenth Century”

16:30 – Carlos Rojas: “From the Image as a Body to the Body as an Image: Possessions and Miracles of Maria Gertrudis in Santafé de Bogotá during the 18th Century”

17:00 – Pause

17:30 – Keynote Address by Ramón Mujica Pinilla: “Picturing Creole Sainthood in Viceregal Peru: St. Rose of Lima and Amerindian Triumphalism in Spain's Multiethnic Empire”
Online participation through our Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/event/4369539

18:30 – End of the Session and Aperitivo


June 21st

9:00 – Wei Jiang: “Invisible Men: The Indian Victims in the Hagiographic Representations of the Cuncolim Martyrs”

9:30 – Regalado Trota Jose: “Searching for Images That Promoted the Causes of the Saints in the Early Modern Philippines”

10:00 – Yoshie Kojima: “Representations of St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius of Loyola during the Christian and Hidden Christian Period of Japan (16th–19th Centuries): Eucharistic Imagery and Forms of Devotion”

10:30 – Pause

11:00 – Antonio De Caro: “Strange Holy Creatures: Imagining St. Francis Xavier’s Miracle(s) of the Crab”

11:30 – Elisabetta Corsi and Alessandro Dell'Orto: “Picturing Sainthood in Shaanxi: The Miraculous Story of How Etienne Faber, S.J. (1597-1657) Became a Tudi Ye”

12:00 – Anthony E. Clark: “China Baroque: Promoting China’s Jesuit Saints in Hagiographic Art and Drama”

12:30 – Lunch

14:00 – Urte Krass: “St. Thomas the Apostle on Three Continents: Tracing his Images and Relics in the 16th Century”

14:30 – Raphaèle Preisinger: “Competition and Discord in (Visual) Saint-Making: The Case of the Martyrs of Japan”

15:00 – Closing Remarks


Only the KEYNOTE LECTURES can be followed also ONLINE / on our VIMEO CHANNEL through a link, that soon will be published HERE.


Image: Stefano della Bella, Decoration for a Thesis in Honor of Saint Francis Solano, Etching, 26.5 × 37.1 cm, 1639. Image © Public domain, CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)



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