Research Topic: “Devotional Translations: Early Modern Replicas of the Holy House of the Virgin”
Devotional Translations: Early Modern Replicas of the Holy House of the Virgin" explores the proliferation of Holy Houses across the Italian peninsula and beyond. Since the original structure’s supposed miraculous appearance in the eastern Italian town of Loreto in the late-thirteenth century, architectural replicas have appeared in communities from Sicily to Prague. This project enacts the first comprehensive study of eight surviving Holy House replicas in Italy and other replicas across Europe and the Americas. Each structure resonates with regional priorities of devotional interaction through installation, adornment and cult ritual.
In this project, I will investigate the mechanics of Holy House installations—their means of display, forms of devotional worship, and aesthetic similarities or divergences from the Loretan original—in order to trace the local history of reception and devotion to each divine structure. Ultimately, “Devotional Translations” illuminates the multivalent use of holy architecture as simultaneous sculptural installations, permeable relics, and manifestations of sacred space across the early modern era.
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