Some Italian Wall Paintings of the Sunday Christ: Monitory and Redemptory Iconographies and the Effect of Position
- Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Inc.)
- Volume 37, Number 1, 2020
- pp. 79-112
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Images of the Sunday Christ form a small corpus of paintings that appeared on church walls throughout Europe between the mid-fourteenth and mid-sixteenth centuries. Christ is depicted surrounded by artisanal tools that directly or indirectly cause him to bleed. Focusing on Italian examples as case studies, this article identifies two related but distinctive types of Sunday Christ images. While the majority were primarily admonitory works, a small subgroup of images, possibly confined to central Italy, include Eucharistic and redemptory elements. The different iconographies and locations of the two types influenced both their functions and viewers' perceptions of the works.