"His soul within him shall mourn"
Job as a Bereaved Father in Venetian Renaissance Art
Keywords:Vittore Carpaccio, Pietro Lombardo, Giovanni Bellini, Job in Venetian Art, Iconography of Job, Job as a Bereaved Father
Studying the aspect of Job as a bereaved father by focusing on Vittore Carpaccio's Meditation on the Passion and Dead Christ with Job and Pietro Lombardo's Job and St. Francis, this paper will contribute to the research of a surprisingly under studied aspect among the multiple meanings found in the iconographic research regarding Job in Renaissance Venice. Based on primary textual and visual sources, i.e., the iconography of Job and Medieval literature, the current paper will impart new meanings to elements such as postures, bones, and symbolic animals, supported by the fact that Job was one of the bubonic plague saints in Venice during the period these works of art were created.
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