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Espaces libérés du sens et de l'imagination. Quelques éléments de réflexion dans les inscriptions médiévales (VIIIe -XIVe siècle)

Abstract : Many medieval inscriptions show expressions inviting the readers to stop by the texts and read them. These formulae call them out when they enter the church; they invite them to stare at images; they beg them to pray for the eternal rest of the deceased souls. By doing so, inscriptions produce an interaction between the reader’s body and the graphic object based on the physical and sensorial perception of the text. But because inscriptions are not always visible nor legible, the effect of writing also lies in the content and presence of the text, and it aims to associate the content of the inscription with a specific location, image or circumstance. In this short article, we try to consider the notion of effect in medieval epigraphic practices, in particular when they take place among images, and to determine the role of inscriptions in the spiritual journey of seeing, reading, and contemplation of medieval visual culture.
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Vincent Debiais. Espaces libérés du sens et de l'imagination. Quelques éléments de réflexion dans les inscriptions médiévales (VIIIe -XIVe siècle). Mélanges de l’École française de Rome - Moyen Âge, École française de Rome, 2020, 132 (1), ⟨10.4000/mefrm.7241⟩. ⟨halshs-02533763⟩

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