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The Use of Devotional Objects in Catalan Homes during the Late Middle Ages

Department of Humanities, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
Religions 2020, 11(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11010012
Received: 16 November 2019 / Revised: 19 December 2019 / Accepted: 19 December 2019 / Published: 25 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Domestic Devotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
The purpose of this article is to study domestic devotion in Catalonia in the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, based on the information provided by numerous post-mortem inventories and texts written by coetaneous spiritual authors such as Ramon Llull, Francesc Eiximenis and Saint Vincent Ferrer. Among the objects recorded in the inventories, pieces of furniture and devotional objects laypeople and clergymen used in their pious practices as “material” aid for personal prayer stood out. They were in keeping with the strong visual culture that pervaded the Late Middle Ages. There were retables, oratories and images of religious themes. However, the inventories also listed lesser known but equally recurring objects such as paternosters and Agni Dei. Painted cloths depicting religious scenes that decorated the homes of numerous wealthy Catalan-Aragonese families at that time were also present. Spiritual books such as books of hours and psalters, biblical texts, Legenda Aurea, etc., were mentioned as well. They were part of the incipient libraries of the laity in the Late Middle Ages. View Full-Text
Keywords: domestic devotion; private devotion; material devotion; medieval art; altarpieces; retables; oratories; reliquaries; paternosters; Agnus Dei; Catalonia domestic devotion; private devotion; material devotion; medieval art; altarpieces; retables; oratories; reliquaries; paternosters; Agnus Dei; Catalonia
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Crispí, M. The Use of Devotional Objects in Catalan Homes during the Late Middle Ages. Religions 2020, 11, 12.

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