Open Arts Journal Issue 4: Touch Me, Touch Me Not

Banner image credit: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Funerary monument to the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni (detail), Church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome. (© 2015 Photo Scala, Florence - courtesy of the Ministero Beni e Att. Culturali)

The Open Arts Journal has just published its fourth issue, entitled “Touch Me, Touch Me Not and edited by Erin E. Benay (Case Western Reserve University) and Lisa M. Rafanelli (Manhattanville College).

As the editors explain in the introduction,

This issue brings together an exciting collection of essays that investigate the collaborative roles of senses in the genesis and experience of renaissance and baroque art. Examining, in particular, the ways in which senses were evoked in the realm of the sacred … the essays show … that it was a multiplicity of sensory modalities – touch, sight, hearing, and sometimes even taste and smell, that provided access to the divine – and shaped the imaginative, physical and performative experience of works of art.

The Open Arts Journal is an open access peer-reviewed journal published by The Open University.

Banner image credit: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Funerary monument to the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni (detail),Church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome. (© 2015 Photo Scala, Florence – courtesy of the Ministero Beni e Att. Culturali)
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