Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published by the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, Faculty of Humanitiies and the Performing Arts, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Volume 20

Thunderbolt: Shaping the Image of Lucifer in the Cinquecento Veneto

Edina Eszenyi


Lacking a clear Scriptural base, medieval authors and illuminators often related the Fall of the Angels to natural phenomena. Ancient beliefs were brought into the source discussion by Early Modern authors, among them Vincenzo Cicogna (ca. 1519-ca. 1596) from the influential Church reformer circle of the Veronese bishop Gianmatteo Giberti (1495-1543). Cicogna argued that the thunderbolt would be a proper metaphor for the fallen Lucifer, but his ideas were unwelcomed by the Inquisition.

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