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Modeling the Miraculous: Tracing the Agency of Marian Cults in the Germanic South, 1400-1600

Reiff Conell, Sarah (2022) Modeling the Miraculous: Tracing the Agency of Marian Cults in the Germanic South, 1400-1600. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Starting with considering what could be asked of currently available data, the first chapter attends to how co-location aids in the cognitive process of association. In order to attend to this question, examples here identify co-location as it appears in primary source publications and archeological records which are associated with miracles to map this persistently indexed locational information. Therefore, the first part of my inquiry engages in the most readily available records about miraculous events attributed to these Marian shrines in the Germanic South.
Previous scholars registered the variety of information concerning these contexts, hand-drawing graphical representations of statistics from these shrines well before the ubiquity of personal computing. Therefore, the second chapter is concerned with the relationship between replication and recognition. To investigate this connection, I offer a brief survey of the remaining available data and records of primary and secondary source material about these miracle shrines. By attending to records of object creation and reception, the first two sections of this chapter center on representations of the Virgin Mary in painting, print, and sculpture. The final section then considers how these representational strategies used to distribute proxies of the divine impacted the representational strategies of mortals which are evident in offering practices. The remainder of this study is concerned with such actions.
The final chapter considers how abstraction and action are intertwined in miracle contexts by testing limited trial-runs of bespoke datasets and reflecting on the value of this data’s visualization. This chapter turns to the discrete cases of meaning registered in narratives from around the turn of the sixteenth century and compares these with seemingly parallel records created by various individuals and institutions in the same period. Moving from measure to category, and finally to prediction or gap-filling for social contexts, I conclude this inquiry by scrutinizing the implications of relevant or associated data sources in order to grapple with the problem of modeling miraculous agency which flowed through now-lost objects.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Reiff Conell, Sarahsec122@pitt.edusec1220000-0002-1033-6814
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairNygren, Christopher JCNYGREN@pitt.eduCNYGREN0000-0002-2039-4313
Committee MemberLangmead, Alisonadlangmead@pitt.eduADL400000-0002-9159-9797
Committee MemberFozi,
Committee MemberBrisman,
Date: 12 October 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 28 June 2022
Approval Date: 12 October 2022
Submission Date: 21 July 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 364
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital Art History
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2022 16:17
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2022 16:17

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