Images of Leprosy: Disease, Religion, and Politics in by Christine M. Boeckl

By Christine M. Boeckl

From biblical occasions to the onset of the Black loss of life within the fourteenth century, leprosy used to be thought of the worst human ailment, either medically and socially. merely fifty years in the past, leprosy, or Hansen’s illness, used to be an incurable infectious affliction, and it nonetheless continues to be a grave international situation. lately, leprosy has generated consciousness in scholarly fields from clinical technological know-how to the visible arts. This interdisciplinary art-historical survey on lepra and its visualization in sculpture, work of art, stained glass, and different media offers new info at the heritage of paintings, medication, faith, and eu society. Christine M. Boeckl keeps that a number of the terrifying points of the affliction ruled the visible narratives of old and mythical figures afflicted with leprosy. For rulers, beggars, saints, and sinners, the metaphor of leprosy turns into the heritage opposed to which their eye-catching tales are projected.

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