„Sub tuum praesidium confugimus“

Reisner, Sonja (2003) „Sub tuum praesidium confugimus“. Acta Antiqua, 43 (3-4). pp. 393-405. ISSN 0044-5975

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The motive of the “Virgin of Pity” that inspired many medieval and renaissance painters and sculptors can be found for the first time in Caesarius of Heisterbach's Dialogus miraculorum. He tells us about a Cistercian monk who had a vision of the victorious end times church. In his revelation, the monk saw the Cistercians being protected by the Virgin's mantle. This vision was not only the starting point of various sculptural works, but also a motive that several Dominican historiographers, who were looking for impressive proofs of the divine legitimation of their order, very soon adopted and transformed; furthermore, it was their aim to strengthen the corporate identity of the young Dominican order which resembled in many ways the Cistercians and the order of Prémontré. That Dietrich of Apolda used this vision in his biography of saint Dominic especially ensured the divulgation of this motive in mysticism and the historiography of other orders.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PA Classical philology / klasszika-filológia
Depositing User: xKatalin xBarta
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 08:58
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 08:58

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