Hagiografía y mentalidad popular en la pintura tardogótica barcelonesa (1450-1500)

In so far as pictorial retables were also conceived as instruments for cathecism and instruction, the eye of the beholder was always taken into consideration; that is to say the culture and attitudes of the public the work was aimed at. Proof of this is the pronounced relief given to scenes of martyrdom of the saints or the representation of certain traditions and popular beliefs in works of a hagiographical nature. It is not unlikely that in some cases the integration of certain aspects of popular culture considered unorthodox by the religious authorities. However, I believe the main reason for this artistic device was the desire to capture the attention of the faithful, thereby conveying the holy message through popular culture. In this regard the painters quite clearly made use of one of the most common recourses of late-medieval homiletics ​
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