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The measure of the virgin's foot

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John Martin saw the period from 1565 to 1570 as particularly intense repressive activity, and this may explain the unusual phenomenon of prints being subjected to scrutiny. We know that there were shoes of the Virgin in Spain in the seventeenth century because of discussions about whether painters should represent her barefoot or not. Vincente Carducho, wrote of the impropriety of painting the Virgin without shoes: "The Virgin our Lady wore shoes, as is proved by the much venerated relic of one of them from her divine feet in the principal church at Burgo. The other types of images in circulation in Europe claimed to record the misura of the feet of venerated persons. The attempt by the Venetian authorities to suppress the print in 1610 may have been the consequence of what was explicitly stated at the time: that the print had been sold without a licence.

Keywords: Europe; licence; principal church; shoes; Spain; Virgin's foot



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