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Exegetical Immersion: The Festivities on the Occasion of Francis de Sales’s Canonisation (1665–1667)

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This chapter focuses on the examples of several French festivities designed on the occasion of the beatification and canonisation of Francis de Sales, respectively in 1662 and 1666, where the hagiographical nature of the events requires a remarkable concentration of persuasive means and striking effects, thus, a maximised use of rhetorically adapted visual exegesis. The festivities organised in Grenoble were remarkable in many respects. The overall theme of the decor is the great work of Grace in Francis de Sales's life, then in his direction of souls, and finally, in the establishment of the order of the Visitation. These are all emblematic and symbolic representations scattered throughout the ceiling of the nave and the walls of the chapel. The chapter also shows how the emblems diffract and reshape the hagiographical portrait of the saint.

Keywords: canonisation; Francis de Sales; French festivities; Grenoble; religious emblems; Visitation convent; visual exegesis



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