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The Sacred Home in Renaissance Italy

Abigail Brundin, Deborah Howard, and Mary Laven


The Sacred Home in Renaissance Italy explores private devotional life in the Italian Renaissance home between 1400 and 1600, and suggests that piety was not confined to the Church and the convent but infused daily life within the household. Books, buildings, objects, spaces, images, and archival sources help to cast light on the practice of religion in the home. Acts of devotion, from routine prayers to extraordinary religious experiences such as miracles and visions, frequently took place at home amid the joys and trials of domestic life—childbirth, marriage, infertility, sickness, accidents, ... More

Keywords: material culture, visual arts, literature, religion, Renaissance Italy, Veneto, Naples, Marche, family, home

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198816553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198816553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail Brundin, author
Reader in Early Modern Literature and Culture, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge

Deborah Howard, author
Professor Emerita of Architectural History, University of Cambridge

Mary Laven, author
Professor of Early Modern History, University of Cambridge