Renæssanceforum 8 • 2012

Sílvia Canalda i Llobet & Cristina Fontcuberta i Famadas
Lengua, identidad y religión en el arte catalán de los siglos XVI a XVIII

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The aim of this essay is to examine the use of Latin and the vernacular in early modern Catalan art. At the time of the Council of Trent concern is voiced regarding the language in which the religious message should be transmitted; rather than diminishing, this became a heated issue in later provincial councils of the Tarraconense. The examples studied here show how the use of Latin or the vernacular is closely connected to the function and status of the art works in which either is employed. By no means a minor issue, within early-modern Catalan art the choice of Latin or of the vernacular has important linguistic and identity-related ramifications.