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|CSM Number : 219|
|Short name:||The Pulpit in the Cathedral of Siena||Alternative:||Pulpit in Siena Cathedral|
|Incipit:||Non conven aa omagen|
|Refrain:||Non conven aa omagen/ da Madre do grorioso/ Rei que cabo dela seja/ figura do dem’ astroso.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Siena||Protagonist(s):||an image of the Virgin|
Some master sculptors came to Siena to carve a pulpit out of white marble for the bishop of the cathedral.
They carved many narrative scenes on the pulpit, and images of the Virgin and Child, and of the devil.
They made the devil look ugly, but because the marble was white, he did not look as dreadful as he might have. The Virgin decided to modify the devil’s portrait and turned the white marble “black as pitch,” so that he would appear ugly and disgusting.
When the people, gathered for mass, saw that the devil had been transformed they began to laugh.
The bishop ordered one of his men to wash and scrape the image, but it could not be cleaned.
The bishop, realising that it was a miracle, prostrated himself before the altar and begged Mary’s pardon. He apologised for ordering the figure of the devil to be carved next to the Virgin’s image.
|Stanza:||15 15 15 15'||Refrain:||15' 15'|
|No. of Stanzas:||10|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|bishop, colour (transformed), image (of devil), image (of Virgin Mary), pulpit, repentance (see also confession), sculptor, pitch|
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|Dos preconceitos de Afonso X, o Sábio|
Bagby Jr., Alberto I.
|Saint and Simulacra: Images of the Virgin in the Cantigas de Santa María of Alfonso X of Castile (1252-1284)|
Jackson, Deirdre Elizabeth
|Viaje a Italia a través de las Cantigas Historiadas de Alfonso X el Sabio|
Molina López, Laura
|Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio|
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
|Interpretación organológica de la miniatura del folio 201-versus del códice b.I.2. escurialense|