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Title :

Graffiti as a medium for memoria in the Early and High Middle Ages

Author :
JÄGGI, Carola ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Why is it that early medieval pilgrims to the Roman catacombs always immortalized themselves on frescoes depicting individual saints? And why is it that the graffiti dating from the 7th to the 9th cs. in the Tempietto sul Clitunno near Spoleto are concentrated in such a significant way on the two monumental half-length portraits of Peter and Paul in the apse? This can hardly be seen as accidental. The inscriptions of names in these pictures seem to be related to the inscribers' wish that the depicted saints would remember them on the Day of Judgement. In addition, the inscribers could be sure of their commemoration by future generations in their prayers. Liturgical memoria certainly played a role in graffiti commemorating dates of death. In this connection the case of S. Vincent in Galliano (consecrated in 1007) is of particular interest. There, immediately below the portrait of the founder Aribert of Intimiano, the dates of the deaths of Aribert's father, brother and nephew are scratched on the picture. Can this be interpreted as anything other than a desire for the dead to participate in the founder's memoria? ;
Pagination/Size :
5 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Clitunno, Tempietto del, Umbria (ITA) ; Commémoration ; Galliano (ITA), S. Vincenzo ; Graffiti ; Iconographie ; Inscription ; Italie ; Moyen Age ; Peinture murale ; Saints ; 600-1100 ;
Descriptors :
Clitunno, Tempietto del, Umbria (ITA) ; Commemorations ; Galliano (ITA), S. Vincenzo ; Graffiti ; Iconography ; Inscriptions ; Italy ; Medieval ; Mural painting ; Saints ; 600-1100 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975644 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
NETHERLANDS ;