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Seeing Faith: Ethiopian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Art during the Jesuit Interlude (1557-1632)

Conference Paper Summary

Virgin Mary and Christ child after the Virgin of Santa Maria Maggiore model, painted on the mäqdäs (sanctuary) of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church of Däbrä Sina Gorgora, c. 1620s. Photograph, Kristen Windmuller-Luna, 2013.

Jesuit art was born of the visual milieu of the Counter-Reformation, during which the Council of Trent encouraged the use of art as a teaching tool. In the Jesuit Ethiopian Mission (1557-1632), where the targets of conversion had been Orthodox Christians since the fourth century, art guided instruction and served as a visual common ground in an otherwise bitter religious dispute. This paper considers the relationship between Ethiopian Orthodox and Roman Catholic art during this mission, using case studies of imported Marian and Christological imagery to demonstrate the era’s two-way cultural exchange. Continue reading Seeing Faith: Ethiopian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Art during the Jesuit Interlude (1557-1632)

Seeing Faith: Ethiopian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Art during the Jesuit Interlude, 1557-1632 (Abstract)

What happens to art when two distinct forms of Christianity meet? This paper considers the relationship between Ethiopian Orthodox and Roman Catholic art during the Jesuit Ethiopian mission (1557-1632). Case studies of Marian and Christological imagery demonstrate the era’s two-way cultural exchange.

Continue reading Seeing Faith: Ethiopian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Art during the Jesuit Interlude, 1557-1632 (Abstract)