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Les images de l' Ascension du Christ dans la chrétienté latine entre le 9e et le 13e siècle

Abstract : This thesis is dedicated to western representations of the Ascension of Jesus Christ between the IX and XIII Centuries and offers an analysis of this episode according to its iconography. This analysis consists of several sequences. As it is a religious subject, we have first the canonical sources, followed by the comments made on them. Clarification on the liturgy was also necessary. For the method, and according to the principles of serial analysis aimed at identifying the recurrences and particularities of an iconographical subject, a corpus of 325 works of art was constituted. The substantial amount of inventoried works of art permitted utilising different methods of statistics, such as the Implicative Statistical Analysis (ISA) and the Multiple Factorial Analaysis (MFA). These tools, combining quantitative and qualitative methods, permitted the establishment of connections between the images’ different motives. Several iconographical types in the representation of Christ were identified, showing the iconographical mobility of this subject.This method also allowed us to reach the main iconographical lines of the image. We proceeded to the images’ analysis through studying the iconographical motives, the subject’s composition and the interpretation of the iconographical programme. The parallel display with the comments on the Ascension shed new light upon those images’ interpretation: reflection of a time, a common belief; it was possible to bring new keys of understanding of certain representations or associated images. Through the iconographical study of Christ’s Ascension, the whole complexity of medieval image was brought highlighted. Firstly studied for itself during the motives analysis, it showed the diversity of the subject from iconographical and theological points of view. Later replaced in its context of creation, it revealed new iconographical combinations, leading to new possibilities of interpreting the image.
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Magali Guenot. Les images de l' Ascension du Christ dans la chrétienté latine entre le 9e et le 13e siècle. Archéologie et Préhistoire. Université de Lyon, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016LYSE2066⟩. ⟨tel-01413111⟩

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