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Mezi realitou a symbolem. K historické interpretaci (barokního) ztvárnění očistce

Title in English Between Reality and Symbol: The Historical Interpretation of (Baroque) Depictions of Purgatory


Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Opuscula historiae artium
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Art, architecture, cultural heritage
Keywords religion; iconography; art; purgatory; communication; perception
Description The article treats depictions of purgatory from without (as medium, symbol, iconographic type), as well as from within (as means of expression, which are set in a broader context of communication and perception). Purgatory was a theme determined by religion and thus invites reflections on the role of art as a medium of the Counter Reformation. Given that the purgatory theme functioned as a means of religious self-definition and teaching, the message of the painting and its intelligibility for the contemporary recipient were key. The study therefore considers: 1) the visualization of physical and spiritual categories; 2) the use of symbols and iconographic schemes; 3) the two basic levels of communication in an artwork: communication in the painting and communication through the painting; 4) points of intersection between visual art and literature.
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