Padua, 25 August 2022
Sara Carreño’s paper on Image Reception in the work of Lucas Tudense (ca. 1230) has been published!
This paper examines the ideas regarding image reception that can be extracted from the theological treatise De altera uita, written by the Iberian bishop Lucas de Tui in ca. 1230. In this book, he devotes one chapter to rejecting the changes that were taking place at the time in the image of the Crucifixion, especially concerning the variation in the number of nails and the shape of the cross. This analysis of the work will show that this text provides illuminating references regarding image reception, mainly through Lucas’s concerns about the visual misleading of the faithful and their devotional responses to artworks. By examining this work, which is set against the theological and devotional background of its time, the author argues that this treatise reflects the importance of sight within the religious experience of late-medieval Europe.