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The Tangible and the Invisible: from Faces to Concepts, and to Malevich



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Codex Aqvilarensis
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Aniconic Images; Ornamentum; San Vincenzo al Volturno; Sant’Agnese in Rome; Golden Altar of Ambrose; Khachkars; “Crista” of Suger of Saint Denis; Malevich
Description How to represent God was a crucial question in the early Middle Ages. While the idea that the face of Christ could be depicted was accepted, alternative versions emerged over the centuries. Following an initial phase with devotional images oscillating between mimetic and schematic, aniconic images appeared more prevalently. Aniconic ornamentum then became one of the most effective ways to give a tangible dimension to the invisible god.
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