New Perspectives on the Man of Sorrows is a collection of ten essays investigating an assortment of issues and problems raised by the Man of Sorrows, a figure charged with profound spiritual, metaphorical, and symbolic meaning that traveled across Europe, populated all the arts, and permeated numerous religious contexts as it soared in popularity in the West from the late Middle Ages into the Renaissance and beyond. The authors of these studies represent different approaches, methods, and interests and explain several artistic schools, traditions, and periods, proposing new perspectives on this remarkable image. John Sawyer, Colum Hourihane, Grażyna Jurkowlaniec, Mitchell Merback, and Susan Boynton explore the Man of Sorrows from multiple angles; Maria Constantoudaki, William L. Barcham, Lyle Humphrey, Catherine R. Puglisi, and Stefania Mason focus on the particular impact of the figure in the Venetian world. The Man of Sorrows was able to adapt to external circumstances, to the constraints of different media, exigencies of changing milieus, the requirements of patrons, and the needs of the devout, and is therefore of interest to just as wide an audience today as ever.
Copyright 2013, pp. vi + 354