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  • Frontispiece of: Gilio, Giovanni Andrea, Due dialogi (1564), Camerino : Antonio Giojoso

    On the appropriate opportunities for painters to show their skills

    Having previously criticised the graceful representation of the body of Christ in the Passion, the participants in the dialogue now offer the artist options in which he can demonstrate his skill, according to the iconography he is trying to represent.

  • Ecce Homo: the inadequate manner of depicting Jesus Christ without the crown of thorns and the cane


    To represent Christ as Ecce Homo, the correct iconography of Jesus Christ determined by Pacheco was that Jesus must have the crown of thorns in his head, the purple cloak, and his cane in his right hand. That’s the reason why he criticised Pablo de Céspedes, who painted without a cane in his hand, and mainly Luis de Morales, who executed more than one artwork with Jesus without a crown of thorns (only the signs of the wounds), as well as paintings in which Christ is carrying the cross on his back without the crown of thorns (considered terrific untruthfulness to the biblical sources).

    Decorum Inadequate manner Untruthfulness/Not probable/Not corresponding to history
    Seville, 1649
    Ecce Homo ; Passion of Christ ; Pilate showing Christ to the people