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The word as object in colonial Spanish South America: Juan María de Guevara y Cantos’s corona de la divinissima María (Lima, 1644)

Floyd, E; (2021) The word as object in colonial Spanish South America: Juan María de Guevara y Cantos’s corona de la divinissima María (Lima, 1644). Material Religion: the journal of objects, art and belief , 17 (2) pp. 202-227. 10.1080/17432200.2021.1897281.

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Abstract

This article centers on the devotional volume Corona de la divinissima María, published in Lima in 1644. This volume primarily takes the form of an extended exegesis of the words spoken by the Virgin Mary as recorded in the Bible, while also exploring the power of the Virgin’s name and narrating the author’s search for her true lived physical appearance. The book includes 37 engraved illustrations. One of these engravings reproduces a painting the author commissioned of the Virgin’s true appearance; the rest diagram or emblematically illustrate powerful words. Indeed, the entire book, called a Corona, or crown, itself shapes an extended metaphor in which the words of prayers directed at the Virgin materialize as spiritual crowns, represented three times in the engraved illustrations. This article argues that, within the 1644 Corona, words have material presence and bear power in multiple ways: as diagrams, as typographic objects, and as spiritual forms.

Type: Article
Title: The word as object in colonial Spanish South America: Juan María de Guevara y Cantos’s corona de la divinissima María (Lima, 1644)
DOI: 10.1080/17432200.2021.1897281
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17432200.2021.1897281
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: print culture, Colonial Latin America, material religion, early modern, Peru, engraving, book history
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124108
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