The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and Visualisations
Framing Quetzalcoatl, Picturing Culture – Iconology and the image of the other in early modern mythography
IDOLATRY: [A] blind woman, with the knees on the ground, offering incense in an incense burner to the statue of a bronze bull. Idolatry, according to St. Thomas, 2.2. quæst. 94 art., est cultus debitus creaturæ exhibitus. The knees on the ground is an effect, and a sign, of religion, with which one demonstrates submission and humility in respect to the greatness of God. […]. And the bull in metal stands for the created things, whether made by nature or by art, to which the blindness of the peoples many time foolishly have given that honour which only pertains to God, from which the name idolatry is born, which means adoration of a false god.
Cesare Ripa, Iconologia1
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