Some of Franco Mormando’s publications, available for download

Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ

 1.   Three essays from Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image, ed. Franco Mormando. Exhibition catalogue, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 1999:


(a)  Editor’s Introduction, Saints and Sinners, pp. 14-18:



(b)  “Teaching the Faithful to Fly: Mary Magdalene and Peter in Baroque Italy,” Saints and Sinnerspp. 107-35:



(c)   “Just as your lips approach the lips of your brothers:  Judas Iscariot and the Kiss of Betrayal,” Saints and Sinnerspp. 179-90:



(d)   A short summary of the Caravaggio exhibition that appeared in the journal, Religion and the Arts, 3.2 (1999): 224-30:

Mormando Pictures from an Exhibition 1999 


2.  “The Making of the Second Jesuit Saint: The Campaign for the Canonization of Francis Xavier, 1555-1622,” in Francis Xavier and the Jesuit Missions in the Far East, ed. Franco Mormando and Jill G. Thomas (Chestnut Hill, MA: The Jesuit Institute of Boston College, 2006), pp. 9-22:

Mormando Xavier Essay


3.   “The Humanists, the Pagan Classics and Bernardino da Siena,” Laurentianum (Rome) 27 (1986): 72-97:



4.   “Response to the Plague in Early Modern Italy: What the Primary Sources, Printed and Painted, Reveal,” in Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800, edited by G. Bailey, Pamela Jones, Franco Mormando and Thomas Worcester, pp. 1-44. Worcester, MA: The Worcester Art Museum (distributed by the University of Chicago Press), 2005:

Mormando Response to Plague


 5.   “‘Nudus nudum Christum sequi’: The Franciscans and Differing Interpretations of Male Nakedness in Fifteenth-Century Italy,” in Fifteenth-Century Studies, v. 33, 2008, 170-197. Why was a band of pious, orthodox Franciscan friars, emulating the “Naked to follow the Naked Christ” example of their founder, St. Francis, arrested in 1420 by the Venetian authorities for violating the republic’s anti-sodomy laws? (This article also discusses the first and thus far only known textual confirmation for Leo Steinberg’s theory of the “sexuality of Christ” in Renaissance art.)

Mormando Nudus Nudum article 2008