TitleThe pursuit of truth and the Doubting Thomas in the art of early modern Italy
NameBenay, Erin (author), Puglisi, Catherine (chair), Marder, Tod (internal member), Thunø, Erik (internal member), Most, Glenn (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Christian saints in art,
Thomas, Apostle, Saint, 1st cent.--Art
DescriptionThis dissertation is an examination of the development of the imagery and meaning of the Doubting Thomas, which I argue became a visual paradigm of religious doubt and skepticism, empirical truth seeking, and justice during the Renaissance and Baroque periods (c. 1350-1615). Catalyzed first by Renaissance humanism, and later by the Protestant Reformation, skepticism colored the scientific, intellectual, artistic, and spiritual beliefs of this period and in many ways provided the basis for modern reasoning and the Enlightenment. By assessing the contextual circumstances of commissions like that of Andrea del Verrocchio's bronze Doubting Thomas, and Caravaggio's luminous painting of the same subject, this dissertation explores the connection between imagery and the issue of doubt in early modern Italy.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references (p. 354-382)
Noteby Erin Benay
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.