Facing the Divine: Busts of Christ in Sixteenth-Century Italy.

LaTores, Alicia.


  • Abstract: This thesis examines the early modern viewer reception of sixteenth-century Italian busts of Christ that lack attributes. I determine that the busts were recognizable to the viewer without any elements of identification because Christ's actual physiognomy was believed to be preserved in the True Likenesses. Moreover, this inquiry explores the physical bust form of the sculptures to deter... read more
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