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Votive offerings for healing

Votive offerings, otherwise known as ex-votos, have been a vibrant part of global devotional practice from the ancient world to the present day. Louisa McKenzie explores their role in healing and how they still have a role to play in the secular world of today.

Words by Louisa McKenzie

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Louisa McKenzie

Louisa McKenzie

Louisa McKenzie has a PhD in art history from the Warburg Institute. Her thesis, funded by a London Arts and Humanities Partnership (AHRC) Studentship, considered the economic and devotional lifecycles of wax ex-votos in Florence 1300–1500. She researches the art and material culture of late medieval and early Renaissance Florence.