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Meditative Exegesis and the Trope of Conversion in Dirk Vellert’s Calling of Peter and Andrew of 1523

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Dirk Vellert's engraving The Calling of Peter and Andrew portrays the scriptural subject jointly associated with the Feast of St. Andrew and Advent Sunday, the beginning of the liturgical calendar, in the Breviarium Romanum. This chapter considers how this analogy of cause and effect, arising from close familiarity with the scriptural text, operates as a trope for the meditative process of visual exegesis upon which the sacred effect of Dirk Vellert's print ultimately depends. What Vellert portrays, then, in showing how Christ angles for Peter, and concurrently, how Peter nets his catch and catches sight of Christ, is the formation of the master trope that begets other visual analogies for the establishment of the Gospel and the Church. Taken together, these images represent the vocation to which Peter is called, paying homage to his conversion ad piscationem hominum.

Keywords: Dirk Vellert; meditative process; The Calling of Peter and Andrew; visual exegesis



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