Headache and art: ex-voto as art of devotion and gratitude

Publicado na 1ª edição de 2013

In this article the authors review the use of ex-vote as an artform expressing devotion and gratitude. Ex-voto may be manifested as objects or paintings, as a form of thanksgiving for an answered prayer or a blessing received. Several saints are invoked when one is dealing with incapacitating headaches, such as St. Denis, St. Acacius, Saint Gemma and St. Teresa of Avila. Objects of art, including sculptures or paintings, are commercially produced on the basis of these religious practices.

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