This interdisciplinary research initiative (funded by the KU Leuven, 2008-2012), combining exegetical, art-historical and anthropological points of view, starts from a particular passage in the New Testament that tells the story of a “woman with an issue of blood.” The gospel relates how the so-called Haemorrhoissa is healed the very moment she touches Christ’s garment.

The iconological research into the meaning of the bleeding woman in medieval art (fourth-fifteenth century) was conducted by Emma Sidgwick and Liesbet Kusters under supervision of Barbara Baert.

Barbara Baert (ed.), The Woman with the Blood Flow (Mark 5:24-34). Narrative, Iconic, and Anthropological Spaces, 2014. Emma Sidgwick, From Flow to Face: The Haemorrhoissa Motif (Mark 5:24b-34parr) between Anthropological Origin and Image Paradigm, 2014.