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Some other scholars attribute a more “spiritual” approach to this medieval anonymity, arguing only the work of art itself, and not the artist, was important. Given the fact that most (if not all) of these artworks were indeed religious, a distinctive sense of humility (when not laymen associated in a guild, most artists would be monks) would keep the artist from signing its work. Since most of these pieces would be used for liturgical, contemplative, or devotional purposes, it would have seemed wrong for the artist's name to be included in the image.

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