Going in Eremo: Withdrawal and the Eremitic Ideal in NY, P. Morgan Library, MS. M.626
- Online event via Zoom
- Date: Nov 5, 2020
- Time: 16:30 - 17:30
- Speaker: Denva Gallant
- Host: Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
- Contact: email@example.com
This talk introduces (NY, P. Morgan Library, MS. M.626), an illuminated manuscript of the Vitae patrum and considers the role of withdrawal in the desert saint's spiritual journey. It shows how MS. M.626 teaches the fourteenth-century viewer to cultivate a rich inner life by including images that depict the saint’s gradational path toward isolation and seclusion. I argue that rather than exhorting the viewer to withdraw to the wilderness—a step that would have been impractical for viewers in Italy’s urban centers—the illuminations seek to instill the virtue of total reliance in God and inspire them to compunction.
Denva Gallant is a specialist in European medieval art and architecture, with an emphasis on manuscript illumination and the figural arts of the Trecento. Her scholarly work explores themes of narrative and the rise of the eremitic ideal as exemplum virtutis.
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