Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 53
Since the late fourteenth century, European artists created an extensive body of images in paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and other media about the horrors of disease and death, as well as hope and salvation. This interdisciplinary study on disease in a metaphysical context is the first general overview of plague art written from an art historical standpoint. The book selects masterpieces created by Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Poussin, and includes other minor works dating from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. It highlights the most important innovative artistic works that originated during the Renaissance and the Catholic Reformation. This study of the changing iconographic patterns and their iconological interpretations opens windows to the past.
Christine M. Boeckl developed great expertise in the fascinating subject of plague imagery and made an important scholarly contribution to this field of study.
—Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., National Gallery of Art
I know of no scholar who has done more to elucidate the meaning and the significance underlying plague imagery. Such paintings are not relegated to the periphery of the European tradition, having for several centuries provided subject matter for major commissions. Yet today the context in which these images were created has been largely lost. Dr. Boeckl has made a remarkable contribution in helping to recover that missing information and has helped us to see such old masters as Poussin and Rubens with new eyes.
—William Pressly, University of Maryland
Christine M. Boeckl sets rigorous parameters and targets the essence of a subject both abundant and yet neglected.
—Jacqueline Brossollet, Pasteur Institute, Paris