Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published in association with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.

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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