Call for Papers: Mary-Anne: Iconographies and Layers of Meaning (Deadline 10 October 2021)

The proposed volume concentrates on representations of the Virgin Mary and Saint Anne in the Middle Ages by bringing into discussion new approaches on their iconographies. In certain instances, Mary’s life incorporates episodes of Saint Anne’s allowing, thus, multiple readings and multiple layers of meaning in the same (visual) representation.

The volume is dedicated to the iconography of the Virgin Mary and Saint Anne, generally speaking, from any geographic area. This implies that any aspect of Marian or Saint Anne’s iconography is accepted, starting with general or particular episodes of Mary’s/Anne’s life, development(s) of iconographic details or specific iconographies.

The volume aims at approaching such representations in a comparative manner either by focusing on the visual-textual relationship or by highlighting influences and movements of iconographies from one geographic area to the other.

Please submit a 600-800 word abstract celarly underlying the main argument and potential outcomes of the essay. Proposals should have an abstract format written either in a PDF file or Word document and be accompanied by a short CV, including email, current affiliation, rank and title/name. Please submit all relevant documents by 10 October 2021 to Andrea-Bianka Znorovsky, Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy,

From the organiser:

While some of the abstracts have been secured, I am still looking for ones that address the below topic for a volume being considered for publication with Brepols Publishers.

I am looking for very clear, specific case studies (not a general view on a topic). This can be either iconographic or textual study (or text and image, etc.) which does not rephrase previous research, but rather presents new aspects, new interpretations, other perspectives/approaches. Please, clearly underline the main argument and potential outcomes of the essay.


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Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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