The Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Visual Evolution of a Devotion

David Morgan

David Morgan

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

50 pages | 6-3/10 x 9-1/2 | © 2008
Paper $16.50 ISBN: 9789089640192 Published June 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

From its origins in the mid-seventeenth century visions of the French nun Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647–90) to its continuing employment in worship today, the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been controversial. Vigorously promoted by Jesuit spiritual directors, embroiled in the controversies of Jansenist writers, closely associated with Royalist political causes in France, and taken around the world by Sister Sophie Barat in the nineteenth century, the Devotion’s practices took on the shape of its evolving visual culture and iconography. This volume traces the unfolding visual biography of the sacred heart and shows how imagery documents the Devotion’s remarkable evolution.

1.  Beginnings in Seventeenth-Century France
2.  Critique and Defense in the Eighteenth Century
3.  Proliferation of the New Iconography in Nineteenth-Century France and America
4.  Commemorative Statuary in Twentieth-Century Netherlands
5.  Critique and Accommodation in the Twentieth Century
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