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The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto$
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Karin Vélez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174006

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174006.001.0001

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Anonymous Renovators of Icons

Anonymous Renovators of Icons

(p.153) Chapter Six Anonymous Renovators of Icons
The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto

Karin Vélez

Princeton University Press

This chapter begins by examining how two peripheral artworks of the Virgin of Loreto, the eighteenth-century wooden statue from the Moxos missions and the seventeenth-century Roman painting by Caravaggio, each tapped into outside streams of Marian art. The same impetus for transformation is observed for the original icon of the Madonna of Loreto at the Italian shrine. Updates to this icon were spurred by an awareness of the world outside Loreto. The chapter concludes with a return to the frontier, to Canada, to consider some significantly named but lesser known Huron women converts who contributed to Mary's global public image. Overall, these case studies of modifications to the Virgin of Loreto reflect what mattered to people on both sides of the Atlantic about Mary at this time: she was alien, yet she was accessible; she moved, and she could also be moved.

Keywords:   Virgin of Loreto, Moxos missions, Roman painting, Caravaggio, Marian art, Virgin Mary

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