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 Bartolomé 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)
Pages (from-to)79-115
Number of pages37
JournalMedieval Encounters
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language


  • Bartolomé Bermejo
  • Christian hebraism
  • Conversos
  • Hebrew letters in Christian art
  • inscriptions and pseudo-inscriptions
  • inter-religious relations
  • man of sorrows


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