Un’Allegoria del segno della Croce tra Polonia, Italia e Messico

Corinna Tania Gallori

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This article focuses on a single-sheet engraving, which was devised by Tomasz Treter, Polish canon of the Roman church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and engraved by Giovanni Battista de’ Cavalieri. Published in Rome in 1574, the print shows an unusual image, an altar cross formed by juxtaposed scenes of the life of Christ, whose significance has up until now been misunderstood. The burin is actually an allegorical representation of the act of signing and its figurative components evoke the mysteries hidden in the act itself. Starting from an overview of Treter’s personality, the article reconstructs the cultural background that produced such an image and contextualizes the print’s creation in a precise historical moment. The Allegory of the sign of the Cross, as we can call it, was the product of an intensified interest in the theme of signing that springs from the teaching of the "dottrina cristiana" and, ultimately, from the anti-Protestant polemic. The article will locate the precedents of such a representation, and will conclude by focusing on the only known copy of Treter’s print, appearing in Mexican Franciscan Diego Valadés’ Rhetorica Christiana (Perugia 1579), and on the differences between this version of the Allegory and the original.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] An Allegory of the Sign of the Cross between Poland, Italy and Mexico
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)238-265
Numero di pagine28
RivistaMitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013
Pubblicato esternamente


  • Act of signing
  • Allegoria
  • Allegory
  • Atto di segnarsi
  • Diego Valadés
  • Giovanni Battista de Cavalieri
  • Rhetorica christiana
  • Santa Maria in Trastevere
  • Schools of christian doctrine
  • Scuole della dottrina cristiana
  • Segno della Croce
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Stanislao Osio
  • Stanislaus Hosius
  • Tomasz Treter


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