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Le visible, l'invisible et les cinq sens dans le haut Moyen Âge. A propos de l'iconographie de l'ivoire de Francfort

Abstract : This contribution explores several aspects of the traduction of the theology on the five senses in the liturgy and its iconographical representation during the Middle Ages. The object of the study is one of the most famous ivory piece of the carolingian period, certainly produces at the time of the reign of Charles the Bald and in its artistic environement. The iconography of the ivory shows a very complex combination of the representation of two key moments of the celebration of the mass: the execution of the Sanctus and the beginning of the consecration prayer of the eucharist- the Te igitur. Besides the interest of each objet and celebrant presented in the iconography, the main goal of the ivory is to show the moment of the transition, in the ritual, between the Sanctus and the Te igitur ans its combination with the historical argument for the attribution of the composition of the gregorian sacramentary to Gregory the Geat. A large part of the contribution explores the invisibility of some iconographic themes like the crucifixion and the Maiestas Domini which are revealed and become visible during the performance of the eucharistic ritual. Finally, the senses and their activation play a crutial role in the ability for the image and the objet itself to be the "incarnation" of the mystery of the mass during the celebration.
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Eric Palazzo. Le visible, l'invisible et les cinq sens dans le haut Moyen Âge. A propos de l'iconographie de l'ivoire de Francfort. Actes du colloque, Centre d'études médiévales de l'université de Bucarest; New Europe college de Bucarest; Uuniversité Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3, Oct 2010, Bucarest, Roumanie. pp.11-38. ⟨halshs-00936633⟩



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