Cloe Cavero de Carondelet
The Virgin Embracing the Virgin: Eugenio Cajés’ Short-Lived Iconography of Our Lady del Sagrario in Counter-Reformation Toledo
Type of publication: Journal Article
Cloe Cavero de Carondelet, “The Virgin Embracing the Virgin: Eugenio Cajés’ Short-Lived Iconography of Our Lady del Sagrario in Counter-Reformation Toledo”, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 96, 2019.
This article examines the remarkable scene of The Virgin Embracing Our Lady del Sagrario of Toledo represented in a little-known drawing by the royal painter Eugenio Cajés now preserved in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid. This unique drawing is the only known image that depicts the moment in which the Virgin honoured one of her sculpted effigies with her touch. After reconstructing the religious and political context of the episode’s invention in sixteenth-century Toledo, the article goes on to analyse the textual and other sources used by the artist to create this new religious iconography. As a detailed case-study, it thus offers a significant new contribution to the debate on the invention and reception of sacred images in post-Tridentine Spain.
A review of this article has appeared in the newspaper La Tribuna de Toledo. You can also see an abridged version in Spanish in Tulaytula, a project on the history of Toledo that is run by Dr. Felipe Vidales.