San Juan de la Cruz o la recreación inocua de una imagen
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AuthorshipMoreno Mendoza, Arsenio
Palabras claveSan Juan de la Cruz
The hagiographic promotion of a new saint, the disclosure of his virtues and miracles, was something habitual and logical on the part of the order that had postulated his canonization. In the case of San Juan de la Cruz, his beatification and later his canonization process were promoted many decades after his death, enough time for the Discalced Carmel to configure, through painting, sculpture, engraving, as well as the publication of his biography by members of his reformed order and the controlled edition of his own work, an affordable, friendly and fully orthodox image and iconography for the pious mentality of the time. But this presence in the collective imagination had little to do with the character and the doctrine of the Saint and, in a very particular way, with his particular mystical criteria on the use of sacred images in the meditation process, expressed in a forceful way in his comments to the Ascent to Mount Carmel, whose approach could come to border on heterodoxy for the rigid dogmas of the Counter-Reformation.
- A la luz de Roma II