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17:00 - 19:00 11 March 2014

Demonic Possession


Foster Court 307 | UCL Bloomsbury Theatre (link Map)
15 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AH | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Hilaire Kallendorf, Texas A&M University

This paper will begin with general depictions of the devil and then focus specifically on exorcism in art. Inspired by the work of Victor Stoichita with early modern paintings of mysticism, this study examines paintings of exorcism, another manifestation of bodies in ecstasy. When the faithful come into contact with the Sacred (in the case of mysticism) as well as with the diabolical (in the case of exorcism) in art, the Church acts as intermediary—both in the person of the sanctioned mystic or exorcist and in the object of the sanctioned painting. Thus one purpose of this paper will be to explore the role of this sub-genre of highly rhetorical, even manipulative paintings assimilated by the Counter-Reformation to the exercise of faith.


Dr Alexander Samson
+44 (0)20 7679 7121 | a.samson@ucl.ac.uk


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