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7. Epilogue

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The chronological narrative is always subordinate to the ahistorical, typological properties of sanctity. In many of Antonio Gallonio's works, images function in combination with texts, distributed and interrelated according to a fixed pattern like a collection of emblems. Image and text together refer to a person or experience that can be classified in a complete taxonomy of saintliness. At the same time, Gallonio again deviated from convention in the composition of his emblems. In general, emblems were enigmatic, with brief, cryptic texts that gave the readership the opportunity to demonstrate their own resourcefulness by discovering their meaning. Gallonio removed this element of play from his sacred emblems by making his textual explanation as clear as possible. The formats and rhetoric in which Gallonio chose to shape hagiographical knowledge show how he tried to portray the clergy as an exceptional professional group.

Keywords: Antonio Gallonio; hagiography; professional clergy; sanctity



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