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In parts of Eastern Europe, there was some scratching out that occurred because of peasant sorcery. They would use the paint from the icons to mix into potions and such.

On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 11:44 PM, CARLOS S <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
A good monography on the Christ Child in the Annunciation:

  • Parvulus puer in Annuntiatione Virginis Un estudio sobre la iconografía de la Encarnación:

  • https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=152176&orden=198553&info=link


    Carlos Sastre


    On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 6:35 PM, James Bugslag <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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    The best known example of such a “homunculus” in an Annunciation scene is that in the Merode Altarpiece of Robert Campin (aka the Master of Flemalle), c.1420. I’m not aware of scratched-out examples, but such scratching out may have been done earlier than the Reformation.  This particular way of representing the Annunciation was denounced, I believe by St Antoninus of Florence in the mid-15th century, as encouraging the heretical belief that Christ’s humanity was sent down from heaven, rather than the enfleshment occurring in the Virgin’s womb.  There is quite a large literature on the Merode Altarpiece which undoubtedly treats this in detail.

    Cheers,

    Jim

     

     

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    Subject: [M-R] Annunciation images with Christ homunculus scratched out?

     

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    Dear list,

    I have been enjoying learning from all your emails and now for the first time call upon your knowledge. I am looking for medieval images of the Annunciation that feature a little infant Christ floating down to Mary, usually on beams of light, where the Christ homunculus has been scratched out or otherwise removed by iconoclastic reformers. I'm especially interested in English evidence but anything will help. 

    Thank you in advance for any leads!

    Best wishes from Bergen, Norway,

    Laura

     

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    Dr. Laura Saetveit Miles

    English Literature
    Førsteamanuensis, Institutt for Fremmedspråk, Universitet i Bergen

    Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen
    www.laurasaetveitmiles.com

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