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Title :

The Pisan Triumph of Death and the papal constitution Benedictus Deus

Author :
BOECKL, Christine Maria ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The new interpretation of a fresco known as the Triumph of Death (Pisa, Camposanto) concerns itself with issues of Western theology such as Pope Benedict XII's bull of 1336. The pontiff stated ex cathedra that each soul will be judged immediately after death and not solely at the end of time as his predecessor, John XXII, had proposed. Thus, Benedictus Deus1 was an important document in the contemporary debate on eschatology. The Triumph of Death visualizes these dogmatic changes in its allegorical devices. Most importantly, the painting alludes to the increased significance of the immortal soul. The mural portrays the transi (the decaying corpse) as expendable. Formerly, the body was thought essential for its resurrection, now it has become merely a symbol and a reminder of the soul's impending trial at the time of death. ;
Pagination/Size :
4 ill. (1 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Benoît XII, pape, m.1342 ; Bulle papale ; Iconographie ; Iconographie chrétienne ; Italie ; Jugement dernier ; Peinture murale ; Pisa (ITA), Camposanto ; Théologie ; Triomphe de la Mort ; 1300-1400 ; 1336 ;
Descriptors :
Benedict XII, pope, d.1342 ; Bulls (papal edicts) ; Christian iconography ; Iconography ; Italy ; Last Judgment ; Mural painting ; Pisa (ITA), Camposanto ; Theology ; Triumph of Death ; 1300-1400 ; 1336 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Artibus et historiae, 1997, 18, 36
INIST identifier :
24998066 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0391-9064 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
IRSA, Wien
Publisher country :
AUSTRIA ;