The Spirit of the Letter: The Hebrew Inscription in Bermejo’s Piedat Revisited

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The Hebrew inscription in the Piedat attributed to Bartolome Bermejo is usually viewed in relation to the possible involvement of conversos in the painting. Offering a broader exploration of the local setting as well as the visual and textual models available to Bermejo, this article goes beyond a narrow converso interpretation and situates the inscription within two different contexts: An environment of growing Christian interest in Hebraic knowledge and an Aragonese artistic experimentation with the iconography of the Man of Sorrows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInterreligious Encounters in Polemics between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Iberia and Beyond
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9789004401792
ISBN (Print)9789004401761
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Bartolome Bermejo
  • Christian hebraism
  • Conversos
  • Hebrew letters in Christian art
  • Inscriptions and pseudo-inscriptions
  • Inter-religious relations
  • Man of sorrows


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