Louisa McKenzie

PhD Student

louisa.mckenzie@postgrad.sas.ac.uk

Research Interests
Renaissance art history and material culture | Patronage and commissioning practices | Religious art | Devotional artefacts | Digital humanities | Palaeography

Year PhD started
2019

Thesis 

Waxing devotion: the economic and devotional lifecycles of wax ex-votos in Florence 1300-1500

This project examines the production, acquisition, ownership and deployment of wax ex-votos in Florence 1300-1500 to explore the meanings, functions and visual evolution of these everyday devotional objects. It offers a broad social perspective, being concerned not only with the highest end of the wax ex-voto market, but with investigating wax ex-votos deployed across different social classes. More widely, the project aims to contribute to our understanding of the ex-voto as a work of art, as well as fourteenth and fifteenth century conceptions of the visual representation of the individual and the visualisation of personhood.

Supervisors: Rembrandt Duits / Michelle O' Malley