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Del Vero Pittore Luca Santo E Del Tempo Del Suo Fiorire Lezione Di Domenico M. Manni Uno Degli Accademici Sepolti Di Volterra Letta in un'Adunanza di essa Accademia. Dedicata All'Illustriss. E Reverendiss. Monsig. Pietro De' Franzesi Patrizio Fiorentino Degnissimo Vescovo Della Città Di Montepulciano.

Domenico Maria Manni

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Firenze: L'Anno MDCCLXIV., Nella Stamp. Di Pietro Gaet. Viviani. Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

24 p.; 244 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Sommario - [Text].

Responsibility Note

The dedication is by 'Domenico Maria Manni' to 'Illustriss. E Reverendiss. Monsignore' [Pietro De' Franzesi].


G. Gharib, Le icone Mariane: storia e culto (1987); G. Kraut, Lukas malt die Madonna (1986); H. Holländer, 'Lukasbilder', in Lexicon der christlichen Ikonographie, ed. Herder, 3 (1971), p.122-3.

Summary Note

The author argues that St Luke the Evangelist could not have painted an image of the Mother of Christ, and considers whether images painted in Italy in the 11th or 14th century may have been attributed to him. The earlist recorded references to St Luke's painting an image of the Mother of Christ are of the 5th century. In the 8th century St. John Damascene refers to the tradition in the course of his defence of the veneration of images. It was a popular belief that this image was transferred from the Holy Land to Constantinople, and was the prototype of the icon known as the 'Hodegetria'. Several icons have at different times been attributed to St Luke; and the saint became regarded as a patron not only of physicians but also of painters. Several academies of art have been named in his honour.

Binding Note

18th-century half calf, mottled papered boards; damaged spine lettered 'Luca Santo - D. M. Manni - Fir. 1764' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Christian art and symbolism - Saints
Painters - Painting - Devotional images - Icons - Middle East - 1st century
Painters - Painting - Devotional images - Icons - Italy - 11th century - 14th century
Art history - Italy - 18th century