Faculté des lettres

"Ad ipsius Christi effigiem": il Volto Santo come ritratto autentico del Salvatore

Bacci, Michele

In: La Santa Croce di Lucca, il Volto Santo. Storia, tradizioni, immagini , proceedings of a congress held in Lucca, 2003, p. 115-130

This paper focuses on the ways in which the most important cult-image in Medieval Lucca, the so-called "Volto Santo" (holy face) came to be regarded by contemporary viewers as a true-to-life image of Christ, sculpted by the Pharisee Nicodemus. The paper emphasizes also the connection with the liturgical tradition of the Passio ymaginis feast on November 9 and its literary and ritual framework. More

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    This paper focuses on the ways in which the most important cult-image in Medieval Lucca, the so-called "Volto Santo" (holy face) came to be regarded by contemporary viewers as a true-to-life image of Christ, sculpted by the Pharisee Nicodemus. The paper emphasizes also the connection with the liturgical tradition of the Passio ymaginis feast on November 9 and its literary and ritual framework.