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Le salut en perspective : un essai d'interprétation de la Flagellation du Christ de Piero della Francesca

Abstract : An absolute masterpiece of linear perspective as well as a true icon of the Renaissance, Piero della Francesca’s Flagellation of Christ (conserved at the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino) is one of the greatest enigmas of the Italian Quattrocento. Uncertainly surrounds not only the dating and the original intented location of the painting, but also the subject matter itself. Despite long-running disputes about overall signifiance of the picture, and in particular about the identification of the three figures int the right foreground, the Flagellation remains an unsolved puzzle. Continuig in a rich and varied hermeneutic tradition, this article proposes a new interpretation of this famous painting, diverging both from a political reading (based on the supposed links with the Byzantine Empire) annd from the other traditional solution which argues for the orinary nature of Piero’s iconography. The analysis of the geometrical pictural space and its potential signifiance leads to a reconsideration of the painting as a visual meditation on temporality inspired by Saint Augustine, as well as a singular spiritual exercice.
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Franck Mercier. Le salut en perspective : un essai d'interprétation de la Flagellation du Christ de Piero della Francesca. Annales. Histoire, Sciences sociales, Armand Colin, 2018, 72 (3), pp.737-771. ⟨halshs-01884541⟩



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