the Golden Legend

30 unique Fuji Instax Mini photographs. January 2018.

Jacobus de Voragine, archbishop of Genoa, wrote his Legenda Aurea (Golden Legend) in the mid-13th century B.C.E., in which he chronicled the lives of many saints as well as Catholic traditions for easy use in sermons. The book was popular among medieval publishers. In these photographs I model for the self-timer as each female saint in the Legenda who has a chapter heading in the translation I worked from. I chose to create iconography in a self-set pattern from the author’s work. There is not a symbol for virginity in my system, although many chapter headings include “Virgin” as an epithet.