The light of God: Notes on the visual economy of drones

Valiaho, Pasi. 2014. The light of God: Notes on the visual economy of drones. NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, ISSN 2213-0217 [Article]

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The frontispiece to the Jesuit priest Guilielmus Gumppenberg’s book Atlas marianus, first published in 1657, illustrates a story of the miraculous transport of the Virgin Mary’s house in Nazareth to Loreto, Italy.[2] Originating from the latter half of the 15th century, the story tells how some 200 years earlier, after the retreat of Christian crusaders from the Holy Land, angels airlifted the building from Palestine and carried it over to the town in the Italian Marches. The engraving shows a team of angels transporting the Virgin Mary’s humble dwelling to its destination. Beams of light emanate from the bottom of the house, which is covered by images of the Madonna with the Christ Child. The Mother of God herself is seated on the roof, holding Baby Jesus in her lap and gesturing toward the pictures on the roof of the house as well as in the heavens. Mediator between the heavens and the earth (mediatrix cæli et terræ), she radiates divine light and casts her presence onto the terrain below through her images.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


4 December 2014Published

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09 Nov 2015 14:33

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