The 'Affair of the Photographs': Controlling the Public Image of a Nineteenth-Century Stigmatic

TINE VAN OSSELAER
2017 The Journal of Ecclesiastical History  
The article focuses on an episode concerning the photographs of the famous Belgian stigmatic, Louise Lateau. Examining the events leading up to the bishop's decision to restrict the circulation of her portrait, it becomes clear that the 'affair' of 1877 was as much about creating her public saintly image as it was about controlling it. Studying the ecclesiastical response to grassroots initiatives adds a more religious perspective to the young field of celebrity studies and offers a more
more » ... ffers a more complex view on sanctity, and the role of the media and modern techniques in its creation, use and misuse.
doi:10.1017/s0022046917000665 fatcat:cztjnhipdvaydiaikrpt5jjyc4