Sixteenth Century Essays Studies Weekly

Images of Plague and Pestilence is Boeckl’s personal statement, written in scholarly terms, of her experience of individual and communal heroism in the face of disaster. As such, it is a book worth reading for its academic and humanistic value.”

CAA Reviews

“Crossing the history of art with the history of medicine, Boeckl overviews various sources of plague iconography, interprets the meanings of plague images in a few significant paintings dating from the 14th to the 20th century, and highlights the most influential innovative artistic works that originated during the Renaissance and the Catholic Reformation.”

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“Christine M. Boeckl developed great expertise in the fascinating subject of plague imagery and made an important scholarly contribution to this field of study.”

—Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., National Gallery of Art

“I know of no scholar who has done more to elucidate the meaning and the significance underlying plague imagery. Such paintings are not relegated to the periphery of the European tradition, having for several centuries provided subject matter for major commissions. Yet today the context in which these images were created has been largely lost. Dr. Boeckl has made a remarkable contribution in helping to recover that missing information and has helped us to see such old masters as Poussin and Rubens with new eyes.”

—William Pressly, University of Maryland

“Christine M. Boeckl sets rigorous parameters and targets the essence of a subject both abundant and yet neglected.”

—Jacqueline Brossollet, Pasteur Institute, Paris

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Sixteenth Century Journal

In publication since 1969, The Sixteenth Century Journal (SCJ) is one of the leading international journals in Early Modern Studies. Although the SCJ is an independent corporation, the SCSC and the SCJ have enjoyed close relationship for over 40 years. Members of the SCSC received the SCJ as a benefit of membership.

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The Early Modern Studies series includes titles in history, art history, church history, philosophy, literature, and interdisciplinary studies, covering the period from approximately 1450 to 1680. This series was first established by the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in the 1980s and was known as the Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies series published by the Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers. Truman State University Press now publishes the series and continues to work with the Society and the Sixteenth Century Journal to promote the research and writing of scholars in early modern studies.

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