Laupus Library hosts national exhibition of devotional paintings on healing and faith
(Aug. 20, 2010)
East Carolina University’s Laupus Library is hosting a national traveling exhibition of devotional paintings centered on illness, healing and faith from Aug. 30 through Nov. 6.
“Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos” portrays the expression of an individual’s relationship with illness as illustrated in ex-votos, devotional paintings that give thanks to a saint or deity for a miraculous healing or blessing.
The poster exhibit of the ex-votos provides illustrations of how healing and faith have played a role in the lives of the faithful, and how prayer has been used to invoke the aid of saints as a means to heal the sick and end one’s suffering.
Ex-votos began in the 15th century in Italy and spread throughout the world, playing a role in the daily lives of the faithful especially in Mexico. They continued to be a popular expression of faith and healing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the most prolific period of ex-voto production. While declining in the 20th century, artists still create them today. Most remain a personalized expression of thanks for a restoration of health, but have expanded to include the commemoration of a special event or to address a concern in an individual’s life.
The exhibit is located on the library’s fourth floor in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery and is open during normal hours, posted at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/laupuslibrary/hours.cfm or call 252-744-2219. Metered parking is available in front of the library.
Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at 252-328-6799 (V) or 252-328-0899 (TTY).