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Les lieux liminaires et leurs décors dans les églises monastiques byzantines (Xe-XVe siècle) : fonctions, significations et expériences des portes et des passages

Abstract : Essential to any building, doorways, i.e. the areas located between two distinct spaces, are both a separation and a transition. They mark the structural divisions necessary for the articulation and internal hierarchy of space in church buildings. Based on a representative selection of monastic churches located within the territory of the Byzantine Empire and its surroundings, dated from the 10th to the 15th century, this dissertation analyzes the function and the meaning of passageways and their decoration through a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. Punctuating the paths taken by officiants and the audience towards the church and within it, the doors and their surroundings are important settings for sculptures, mosaics or paintings. The images and graphic signs displayed on and around them convey a variety of messages and contribute to our understanding of the significance of thresholds in Byzantium. The use of doorways and the assignments given to them are many and various. They participate in the staging of liturgical services and in the establishment of a social order within the monastic space. Thus, they are the place of multiple experiences. The crossing of a doorway is part of a gradual itinerary leading the assembly towards communion with God. It produces a spatial, temporal and spiritual experience in addition to a multisensory and cognitive impact. This study of liminal places of Byzantine churches proposes an alternative reading of the architectural and iconographic heritage and attempts to shed new light on monastic life and spirituality, as well as its religious and social practices. It challenges the exclusive vertical perception of the Byzantine religious space and reconsiders the prevailing norms of understanding and appreciation of doorways, such as the notions of principal or secondary entrances and the hermetic barrier between sacred and profane.
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Maréva U. Les lieux liminaires et leurs décors dans les églises monastiques byzantines (Xe-XVe siècle) : fonctions, significations et expériences des portes et des passages. Art et histoire de l'art. Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études, 2021. Français. ⟨tel-03661971⟩

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