Publication details

The Cult of the Virgin in La Charité-sur-Loire

Authors

KUČEROVÁ Tereza FOLETTI Ivan

Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description This article is dealing with the possible meanings of the bas-relief scenes depicted at two tympana from the Cluniac monastic church in La Charité-sur-Loire and their conceivable interpretations. Despite the fact that both tympana were discovered in the nineteenth century, they were probably executed around 1135. Nevertheless, the main interest of this article is dedicated to the question of how could be read the scene of the Adoration of the Magi, depicted at the lintel of the tympanum of the Transfiguration. Could this scene have got also other meanings? Is it possible to perceive its composition as the hidden testimony of the lost liturgical life of the monastic church from La Charité-sur-Loire and how could it be perceived by the contemporary spectators? This article is making an effort to answer these questions considering the context of the then liturgy and the Cluniac endeavours imprinted in the visual rhetoric of the bas-relief tympana.
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