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CSM Number : 74
Short name: The Painter and the Devil
Incipit: Quen Santa Maria quiser defender
Refrain: Quen Santa Maria quiser defender/ non lle pod’ o demo niun mal fazer.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a painter

A painter always painted the devil ugly.

The devil asked him why he did this, and the painter explained that he made him look ugly because he was evil. The devil grew angry and threatened to kill the painter.

One day, when the painter was painting an image of the Virgin on a wall, the devil caused a wind to arise and blow over the scaffold on which the painter was standing.

The painter called on the Virgin and she caused him to hang suspended in mid-air by his brush.

The people, who had heard the scaffold come crashing to the ground, saw the defeated devil flee from the church.

When they saw the painter hanging by his brush, they thanked the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11 11 11 11 Refrain: 11 11
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T74, E74, To87
Poncelet reference
Diabolus accedit ad pictorem; quaesivit cur eum tam (345)
craftsman, devils, image (of devil), image (of Virgin Mary), painter, scaffold, wind
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Miracle Collection
The Painter and the Devil Vincent de Beauvais
The Painter and the Devil John of Garland
The Painter and the Devil Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
The Painter and the Devil BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
The Painter and the Devil Jean Gobi
The Painter and the Devil Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
The Painter and the Devil Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
The Painter and the Devil Johannes Herolt
The Painter and the Devil Pseudo-Caesarius
Cantigas de Santa Maria do rei don Alfonso
Alfonso X , o Sábio
The Oxford Book of Portuguese Verse
Bell, Aubrey F. G.
’La Arquitectura desde la Miniatura’, una aproximación desde la Baja Edad Media castellana
Chico Picaza, María Victoria
Imágenes de la Virgen en los códices medievales de España
Delclaux, Federico
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Imágenes vivientes: idolatría y herejía en las Cantigas de Alfonso X
García Avilés, Alejandro
Folklore in the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio
Keller, John Esten
Alfonso X, el Sabio
Keller, John Esten
Alfonso X el Sabio y la pintura sobre tabla
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
As Cantigas de Santa Maria
Vaz Leão, Angela
From Symbol to Myth: The Devil in Canticle 74
Vega, Carlos Alberto