A power of relative importance : San Marco and the holy icons

Title: A power of relative importance : San Marco and the holy icons
Variant title:
  • Moc relativní důležitosti : San Marco a svaté ikony
Author: Bacci, Michele
Source document: Convivium. 2015, vol. 2, iss. 1, pp. 126-147
  • ISSN
    2336-3452 (print)
    2336-808X (online)
Type: Article
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In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, a number of new relics and other holy objects enriched the cultic landscape of Venice. The many pilgrims gathering at the lagoon before embarking for the Jerusalem and Palestine regarded these sacred items as foreshadowing the devotional experience they expected to have in the Holy Land. San Marco came to figure in this expectation only gradually: even if many visitors manifested their admiration for the basilica's beauty and its sacred treasures, not until the fifteenth century did San Marco's specific "holy topography", an internal network of holy attractions, take shape. Based on recent evidence, the present article describes the emergence of new forms of worship for a number of holy icons, namely the Cristo del Capitello, the Virgin Aniketos, and the Nicopea.
The present articles comments on sources and materials collected in the frame of the research project Von Venedig zum Heiligen Land. Ausstattung und Wahrnehmung von Pilgerorten an der Mittelmeerküste (1300 –1550), financed by the Swiss National Found.