Immaculate Conceptions: The Power of the Religious Imagination in Early Modern Spain

By Rosilie Hernández

© 2019

Immaculate Conceptions examines devotional writings, religious and literary texts, and visual art that feature the mystery of the immaculacy of the Virgin Mary in the culture of early modern Spain. The author’s analysis is motivated by the complexity and multivalent capacity of the doctrine and its icon at a time when the debates around Mary’s conception imbued all levels of religious and social life. She considers the many interests – political, doctrinal, artistic, and gender-driven – that intersect and compete in the exegesis and textual and visual representations of the Immaculate Conception. She argues that the Immaculate Conception of Mary proved to be a fertile conceptual and ideological field wherein the identities of the Spanish state, local communities, and individuals were negotiated, variously defined, and contested.

The study’s broader aim is to delineate a speculative category, the religious imagination, defined as a spiritual, intellectual, or artistic pursuit in which the individual is committed to sacred truth yet articulates this truth through contingent, partial, and contextually determined theological propositions. The representational status of the image and its relationship to theories of physical sight and spiritual vision are central to the author’s formulation of this category.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Immaculate Conceptions investigates the religious imagination – sacred truth communicated through contingent and contextually determined theological propositions – as deployed in early modern Spanish textual and visual representations of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.

Immaculate Conceptions: The Power of the Religious Imagination in Early Modern Spain

By Rosilie Hernández

© 2019

Immaculate Conceptions examines devotional writings, religious and literary texts, and visual art that feature the mystery of the immaculacy of the Virgin Mary in the culture of early modern Spain. The author’s analysis is motivated by the complexity and multivalent capacity of the doctrine and its icon at a time when the debates around Mary’s conception imbued all levels of religious and social life. She considers the many interests – political, doctrinal, artistic, and gender-driven – that intersect and compete in the exegesis and textual and visual representations of the Immaculate Conception. She argues that the Immaculate Conception of Mary proved to be a fertile conceptual and ideological field wherein the identities of the Spanish state, local communities, and individuals were negotiated, variously defined, and contested.

The study’s broader aim is to delineate a speculative category, the religious imagination, defined as a spiritual, intellectual, or artistic pursuit in which the individual is committed to sacred truth yet articulates this truth through contingent, partial, and contextually determined theological propositions. The representational status of the image and its relationship to theories of physical sight and spiritual vision are central to the author’s formulation of this category.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Rosilie Hernández is Professor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies and Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Table of contents

    1. The Anatomy of the Religious Imagination: Immaculacy and the Spanish Counter- Reformation
    2. An Army of Peers: The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception for the Popular Imagination
    3. Pintor Divino: The Painter as Divinely Inspired Liberal Artist and the Conditions of Representation for a Sacred Mystery
    4. Visiones Imaginarias: Pacheco, Velázquez, Zurbarán, and Murillo
    5. Concepción maravillosa: Theological Discourse and the Production of Knowledge of Religious Women Writers