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Inverse Operations: Sinful Lust and Salvific Virginity in Central Italian Imagery of the Second Eve

Abstract Eighteen late medieval central Italian paintings featuring the figure of Eve reclining on the ground beneath the enthroned Virgin have been the center of a decades-long debate among scholars. The dispute centers on whether the imagery depicts Mary as Eve's counterpart in the role of virgin mother or intercessor as the Second Eve. I argue that these two possibilities are not mutually exclusive and instead support one another. I maintain that Eve and Mary appear as opposites according to their contrasting sexual statuses because their antithesis lies at the center of the theology of the Second Eve and the heart of the signification of these paintings. Though frequently overlooked, my exploration of this imagery begins with the attributes ... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Bache, Colleen (Author) / Schleif, Corine (Advisor) / Derbes, Anne (Committee member) / Baldasso, Renzo (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Art history / Theology / Women's studies / Eve / Quattrocento / Second Eve / Virgin Mary
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 94 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Art History 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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